A.J. Allmendinger became a hometown hero today as he drove a strong, well- paced race to bring the ...
A.J. Allmendinger became a hometown hero today as he drove a strong, well- paced race to bring the #10 Western Union car across the finish line for his 3rd season podium finish in today's Grand Prix of Denver. The23 year- old's run through the streets of downtown Denver, where he ran as high as 2nd, also marks his 6th top-ten result so far this season. Allmendinger's teammate Justin Wilson had his day end early after being collected in a multi-car incident on the first turn of Lap 1. The #9 Intel machine suffered heavy damage and was unable to continue. Despite the result, Justin remains a title contender heading into the next event in Montreal. A.J.'s podium today also keeps him in the championship hunt.
"I'm not sure what happened really. I was on the racing line and someone came down on me and then Cristiano(da Matta) came over me. It's really unfortunate that I got caught in the middle of it. I thought the Intel car had a good shot at bringing home a top result. We're going to regroup and look for a better race in Montreal."
"It was a struggle today. The car was pretty good on the first ten laps of the stints, but then it would really go off. The car hasn't been great all weekend and so I was just looking for a top-five finish really, so I'm pretty pleased to be back on track and bring home a podium finish for Western Union and RuSPORT in our home town."
Carl Russo, Team Owner
"Our goal has always been to qualify in the top-five. We achieved that goal here in Denver, but what a difference a corner makes. Unfortunately, Justin's day ended in the first corner-ended by an overly exuberant driver further down the grid. A.J., having cleared Turn 1, went on to drive a disciplined race to finish third; a great podium finish for the Western Union car at their home grand prix."