CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach: RuSPORT Firday report

Justin Wilson, ...

Justin Wilson, #9 SanDisk

British pilot Justin Wilson took to the track for the first time with his new RuSPORT team and new sponsor SanDisk for today's provisional qualifying for the 31st annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and delivered a respectable result. The Champ Car World Series sophomore delivered a fast time of 1:08.884 (102.851-mph) to place the #9 SanDisk car in 4th. Final qualifying resumes tomorrow at 2:00 PM (PST).

Justin Wilson

"It was a reasonable day, qualifying 4th. It was a shame it got a bit messy out there at the end, but it was the same for everybody really. We're going to make the most of it and get on with it. The team has done a good job getting us headed on the right track, so we'll get to work and get the SanDisk car further up the grid tomorrow."

Jeremy Dale, Team President

"All in all, for Justin and the #9 SanDisk crew it was a pretty good day. This is the first day at the track together for that part of the RuSPORT team and there are a lot of new elements on that side; I think they are coming together nicely. Clearly we're not getting as much out of the alternate Bridgestone tire as it has to give, but tomorrow is another day. The team knows what they have to do."

A.J. Allmendinger, #10 Beijing '06

Despite struggling with grip issues and a red flag thrown with less than 8 minutes left in today's provisional qualifying session, reigning Roshfrans Rookie of the Year A.J. Allmendinger delivered his first top-ten qualification of the season. Allmendinger and the #10 Beijing '06 machine turned in the 8th-fastest time today with a lap of 1:09.425 (102.050-mph). Final qualifying for Sunday's 31st annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach begins tomorrow at 2:00 PM (PST).

A.J. Allmendinger

"It was a terrible session overall. The good thing is that my teammate qualified 4th with his new sponsor SanDisk on board. So, I'm happy for him, but we've got a lot of work to do. We're definitely not where we should be with the #10 car. We struggled quite a bit with grip during the session and I was really struggling. I know we're better, and tomorrow we'll prove it."

Jeremy Dale, Team President

"All of the guys on the #10 Beijing '06 car are clearly feeling frustrated today. It was certainly not the qualifying session we wanted to have. So we're simply going to go back and do the work to give A.J. the car he needs to deliver the results we know he's capable of."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , A.J. Allmendinger