What started out as a promising start to the inaugural Grand Prix of Edmonton with A.J. Allmendinger and Justin Wilson leading the grid after capturing RuSPORT's second front-row start, ended in dramatic disappointment. In front of a crowd of more...
What started out as a promising start to the inaugural Grand Prix of Edmonton with A.J. Allmendinger and Justin Wilson leading the grid after capturing RuSPORT's second front-row start, ended in dramatic disappointment. In front of a crowd of more than 90,000, the #10 Western Union car of A.J. and the #9 CDW car of Justin delivered world-class racing action as they battled for the lead and in the top pack for the majority of the race.
With just 13 laps to go, the RuSPORT pair had again staked their claim at the front with Allmendinger leading Wilson for a 1-2 finish when a full-course yellow came out. While warming up his tires for the restart, Wilson spun on Lap 78 and dropped to 8th. A.J. led the field back to green on Lap 79 and was set to collect his 1st Champ Car victory, before the #10 went wide and tapped the wall into Turn 9, effectively ending his day.
Wilson meanwhile continued his lightning charge and climbed back up to finish 4th. Despite missing a RuSPORT 1-2, Wilson collected his 5th top- five finish of the season and remains 3rd in the overall Drivers Championship. Allmendinger scored the fastest lap of the race (59.900, new record) and led the most laps (40). A.J. leaves Edmonton still in the championship hunt, ranking 5th overall.
Justin Wilson "I'm not sure what happened when I spun. I gave a flip of the throttle to warm up the tires, but the car started turning and kept going. Then, obviously no one wanted to let me back in. It's so disappointing.I can't believe it. The CDW car was set for a 2nd-place, maybe a win, but definitely a RuSPORT 1-2. I'm so sorry for them and for my team because the car has just been fantastic all weekend and we had some really great racing with Paul (Tracy) to come out ahead. The only positive, really, is that the Edmonton fans got a great race and we pulled out some valuable points."
A.J. Allmendinger "I just threw it away. I can't say anymore than that right now. The Western Union crew and car were hooked up all weekend and it just shouldn't have ended like this. I'm so sorry to everyone who worked so hard and for all of these fans in Edmonton that had supported me all weekend-even though I'm not Canadian. Seriously, the event was amazing, but I can't describe my feelings right now."
Carl Russo, Team Owner "What a rollercoaster. The team performed flawlessly all weekend long. The #9 CDW and the #10 Western Union were two great race cars driven by two great race car drivers and with 10 laps to go, we got the downside of the rollercoaster. However if we can do this once, we can do it again. We'll continue on doing what we have been doing and move forward."