CHAMPCAR/CART: Houston: RuSPORT race report

RuSPORT Drivers Take Two Places in Top Ten of Grand Prix of Houston Justin Wilson Recovers From Turn One Incident to Finish Fifth, A.J. Allmendinger Finishes Eighth in Solid Performance HOUSTON, TX, May 13, 2006 -- On a warm, steamy night...

RuSPORT Drivers Take Two Places in Top Ten of Grand Prix of Houston

Justin Wilson Recovers From Turn One Incident to Finish Fifth, A.J. Allmendinger Finishes Eighth in Solid Performance

HOUSTON, TX, May 13, 2006 -- On a warm, steamy night in Houston, the 2006 Grand Prix of Houston provided lots of thrills and excitement for racing fans as RuSPORT placed two cars in the top ten despite overcoming some significant adversity.

Justin Wilson (#9 CDW / RuSPORT Lola / Ford-Cosworth / Bridgestone) was involved in a turn-one incident on the opening lap that caused a puncture in his right rear tire, but then went on to make a heroic comeback and finished in fifth place. His teammate, A.J. Allmendinger (#10 RuSPORT Lola / Ford-Cosworth / Bridgestone), also battled throughout the event, and finished in the eighth spot.

"It was a tough day that began with a disappointing start, having been taken out in the first corner," said Wilson. "And without a yellow flag, we went a lap down, so we just had to work it out from there on. I'd just like to thank my crew for working so hard, and hopefully, we kept all of our guests from CDW entertained. We'll try to make this our worst race and come back strong for the next one in Monterrey."

"This was an extremely challenging race, and although I'm sore and exhausted, I'm proud of the effort my team put in to give me a car that kept us in the top ten," said Allmendinger. "The crew worked really hard all weekend long, and we did our best, but eighth place was the most we could do. Monterrey is a different course, so we'll get back to work as soon as we can to get ready for it, and try to come up with a better result."

"This was an unbelievably tough race through the streets of Houston," said team owner Carl Russo. "It's a very demanding race track, and I think it wore all of the drivers out. Justin went from the front, to the back, to near the front again on his way to fifth place, and no matter what happened, he just soldiered on. The track is so demanding that A.J. actually wore through his steering wheel, but came home with an eighth place finish. We picked up some good points, we leave Houston with Justin and the CDW car in third place in the championship, A.J.'s got his finish, and we head off to Monterrey looking for better results."

The 2006 Champ Car World Series continues with the Tecate Grand Prix in Monterrey, Mexico, Saturday, May 21. The race will be broadcast live on SPEED Channel at 2:00 pm EDT.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , A.J. Allmendinger , Carl Russo