CHAMPCAR/CART: Laguna Seca: RuSPORT Racing race report

Hollister, CA native A.J. Allmendinger didn't disappoint his home crowd as he drove a hard race in today's Grand Prix of Monterey. A.J. skillfully charged up the grid to P-2 before making his first pit-stop. Allmendinger stalled the ...

Hollister, CA native A.J. Allmendinger didn't disappoint his home crowd as he drove a hard race in today's Grand Prix of Monterey. A.J. skillfully charged up the grid to P-2 before making his first pit-stop. Allmendinger stalled the #10 car exiting and dropped to P-7. Allmendinger stayed in the hunt, eyeing a podium shot as he moved on Oriol Servia on Lap 40 into Turn 2 going for 3rd . The pass was unsuccessful and A.J. made contact with Servia. The #10 Western Union crew didn't give up and made repairs to the car's front wing and front suspension. Allmendinger went 8 laps down, but took to the track again to salvage any possible points. Unfortunately, A.J. was unable to continue and his day ended on Lap 52. Allmendinger still retains his Rookie of the Year points-lead over Britain's Justin Wilson (165 to 134).

A.J. Allmendinger

"I made a couple of mistakes; simple as that. I stalled on my first pit- stop and I've never done that. Then I was just pushing too hard and I made a stupid mistake when I went to pass Oriol (Servia). It was my fault. I'm really sorry for my crew because they just did a phenomenal job all weekend and gave me an excellent car. I don't know if I could've beaten Patrick (Carpentier), but I certainly could've been right there with him. I'm also really sorry for the contact with Oriol and happy for my teammate Michel (Jourdain Jr.) for his fourth-place finish. I know he had a tough race too."

Carl Russo, Team Owner

"I think all weekend long A.J. demonstrated the speed he's capable of and the team did an excellent job in managing each session. A.J. made a small mistake and stalled during his first pit-stop. That put behind cars that he otherwise would have been in front of. He probably over-tried after that. Having said that, it goes to show just how competitive the Champ Car series is; to win one of these races you have to be mistake free. There is no doubt that A.J. will be a race winner."

Michel Jourdain Jr., #9 Gigante

Qualified 5th Finished 4th

Michel Jourdain Jr. started today's Grand Prix of Monterey from his best qualifying spot of the season only to be involved in a first lap incident with Alex Tagliani. Michel was forced to pit as the #9 Gigante crew went to work to repair the car's left front tire, dropping Jourdain down to 17th. The RuSPORT team backed up Michel's renewed charge with excellent strategy to bring home the top-finishing Mexican's fifth top-ten finish of the season. Jourdain's 4th-place moves him back into the top-ten in the Driver's Championship standings.

Michel Jourdain Jr.

"I'm happy with the final result, especially after all of the incidents at the beginning of the race. I had a good car and I think I had a good opportunity to be on the podium until (Alex) Tagliani put all our hopes in the wastebasket. After that, we came back thanks to great pit strategy; so I have my engineers to thank for that. At the end of the race, we were struggling a lot with the last set of tires and Ryan (Hunter-Reay) was pushing really hard, but I was committed to holding the place that my team put me in. I'm looking forward to Las Vegas because I do well on the ovals. I finished second the last time I raced there, so I'm hopeful for a repeat podium in Vegas."

Carl Russo, Team Owner

"Michel had tough luck at the start when he was involved in a racing incident with (Alex) Tagliani and that brought him into the pits early, but the team adapted the strategy and Michel used his typical intelligent driving style to obtain the maximum points out of today."

-rsr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Alex Tagliani , Oriol Servia , A.J. Allmendinger , Carl Russo , Michel Jourdain