Fourth Podium In a Row for Allmendinger Edmonton, Alberta, Canada -- July 23rd, 2006 -- At Champ Car's most physically demanding race track and in record-setting heat, Forsythe driver A.J. Allmendinger battled a weekend-long chest cold to...
Fourth Podium In a Row for Allmendinger
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada -- July 23rd, 2006 -- At Champ Car's most physically demanding race track and in record-setting heat, Forsythe driver A.J. Allmendinger battled a weekend-long chest cold to finish in third position, his fourth podium in a row. Paul Tracy finished fifth after starting in the front row. He held his position after the start of the race but fell back after the first pit stop exchange. Allmendinger and Tracy now occupy the third and fourth positions in the Championship and will look to climb the ladder next week at San Jose, Round Nine as Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.
"It was a tough race, for sure. I was under the weather since yesterday. You know, really we had a third place car. The whole Forsythe Indeck team did a great job. We've been struggling since we got here; I think we kind of fell behind the track. We were quickest in the morning session on Friday but maybe lost ground as the grip came in. It's been a tough weekend throughout with all different kinds of things. But the team fought hard. We got on the podium. Whether I was healthy or not, I think we probably would have had a third place car. I'm really pleased to be back on the podium. You know things are going right when you're kind of disappointed being third after four races with a team. You know, I'm pleased with it. I'm looking forward to San Jose now, back to a street course. I think we've got those figured out fairly well."
"We had a good start; I kept up with Sebastien (Bourdais) for a while but then had to let him go because we were having to save a lot of fuel. During the first pit stop Justin short-fueled and got out ahead of us. I tried to keep up with him but we made a mistake with the tire pressures and they just took forever to come up, the car was bottoming out everywhere and it was very difficult to drive. I had a good battle with Oriol (Servia) at the end. I'm disappointed because we should've been higher up the grid."
The Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford will make a return to the streets of San Jose next weekend, July 28-30. Tune in to Race Director, available through the Champ Car website, for live coverage of the race and many practice and qualifying sessions with multiple channels of live video, audio, timing, telemetry and commentary. Visit http://www.champcar.ws and www.forsythe-racing.com for more information.