A.J. Allmendinger, ...
A.J. Allmendinger, #10
Started 8th; Finished 13th.
After a solid qualifying performance in his debut Champ Car weekend, American A.J. Allmendinger was caught up in a Turn 1 incident on the first lap of the Long Beach Grand Prix that spun the #10 car. After rejoining the pack, Allmendinger was left a lap down. A.J. stayed in the game and battled back to finish 12th.
"I'm happy and disappointed all at once. I'm happy because I was able to actually finish the race and it gave me the confidence that I can be a part of this Champ Car series and I belong here. Physically I was pleased with my performance, too, because I felt good through the whole race and at the right fitness level to do my best. We've definitely got a lot of work to do in every aspect-myself, the team, and the car. All in all, except for the start of the race, I felt we had at least a top ten car and I'm pleased with that, but at the same time I'm not going to be satisfied. We're new, so we'll take this progress and continue it for the next race."
David Brown, Senior Race Engineer
"We finished 12th and 13th, but it is our first race. If A.J. hadn't gotten pushed off in the first corner, the results might've looked quite different. But now we're going to regroup, and we'll be back at the next race to do better."
Carl Russo, Team Owner
"A.J. came into the weekend and did an excellent job in qualifying and put us in an excellent position for the race, but Long Beach has Turn 1 and we got caught up in that. A.J. did an excellent job of keeping his head focused and fought his way to a good finish, but most important right now is for A.J. to just get laps. I know, and the team knows, that every lap he gets is a lap of learning. So, all in all, it was a job well done."