RuSPORT drivers AJ Allmendinger and Justin Wilson had a tough evening on the 1.5-mile oval of Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Both drivers got off to good starts, taking the green flag and immediately making moves through the field. But the good...
RuSPORT drivers AJ Allmendinger and Justin Wilson had a tough evening on the 1.5-mile oval of Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Both drivers got off to good starts, taking the green flag and immediately making moves through the field. But the good fortune didn't last as they each began fighting loose race cars throughout their first stint. During the first stop, adjustments were made to the cars and the drivers noticed the difference immediately. Unfortunately, Wilson was already a lap down after the stop and despite his perseverance, that deficit would prove difficult to overcome in the 166-lap race. Post pit stop, Allmendinger gained close to a second from the previous stint and began gaining positions. By mid-race, Allmendinger was running sixth and Wilson 11th. On lap 123 Allmendinger was preparing to pit for his third and final stop. As he was pitting the yellow flag was thrown for contact and the pits were closed. At the same time, while decelerating for pit entry, Allmendinger was passed by the leaders and went down a lap. In an effort to avoid a penalty for pitting while the pits were closed, he rejoined the field. Once the pits were open the team elected to keep him out in an effort to recover the lost lap by getting a pass around the pace car. Prior to getting the pass around, Allmendinger ran out of fuel. The ensuing result was Allmendinger fell three laps down and finished the day in 13th. Meanwhile Wilson and his team continued to improve the car and Wilson persevered to finish the day in 11th, one lap down.
"We had a good start to the race with AJ going high and me going low and we were able to get a good run on a few cars. It got four wide, so I backed out a little bit and got pushed down to the apron. I don't know if I picked up something on my tires or what, but the car was really loose after that early run. It was difficult because we lost a lot of time and ended up losing a lap. The car was much better after our first stop. Near the end I was racing Timo (Glock) and having a good race. Another car made a mistake and nearly put me in the wall; I got up in the marbles and lost three or four places right at the end. It was frustrating but that's racing."
"The car wasn't spectacular in the race but I think my guys did a good job getting the car as good as it could get. On new tires, the car was awesome but as my runs went on, the car would get loose on me. So I had to make all of my moves early on and then basically hang on until the next pit stop. I don't know what happened with running out of fuel, but it was really frustrating because I think we had a car with fourth or fifth place potential."
Carl Russo, Team Owner
"Tonight was not one of our best efforts. On AJ's next to last pit stop, AJ came into the pits and we didn't get him completely fueled. When the yellow came out, it was perfectly timed with the lap when we needed to pit. That began the sequence of events that ultimately had us running AJ out of fuel on the race track. Now we need to regroup and get prepared for our next race."