CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach: RuSPORT Saturday report

LONG BEACH, Calif., April 8, 2006 -- Qualifying is now complete for the 2006 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. After provisional qualifying on Friday, A.J. Allmendinger's ...

LONG BEACH, Calif., April 8, 2006 -- Qualifying is now complete for the 2006 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. After provisional qualifying on Friday, A.J. Allmendinger's #10 RuSPORT Champ Car sat in the fourth position, while Justin Wilson's #9 CDW / RuSPORT Champ Car held sixth place.Wilsonwas able to improvehis starting position for tomorrow's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beachto second, while Allmendinger held onto the fourth spot.

Justin Wilson

"It's been a very tough weekend so far. I'd like to thank my crew. They've worked very hard to turn the car around and make it stronger and faster. Quite pleased for them that we've managed to sneak onto the front row. From here, hopefully we can have a good race. We want to make sure we get on the podium on the first event and start the season off well. That's a great way to kick off this season, especially now that we've got CDW on board. We're pretty pumped up for this first one. I think we can have a good result."

A.J. Allmendinger:

"It was a good day. I thought overall my team, especially my engineers, were working well together. I'm a bit disappointed with qualifying fourth, but it's just one of those things. I set my goals and I met them, but at the same time, I felt we could have done better. But, I'm really happy with how we worked together as a team, I'm happy with how I'm driving, and how I'm able to give the engineers the information they need. We're working well, I think we'll havea good race car tomorrow, and I'm confident about the race."

Jeremy Dale, Team President:

"I know the guys are probably disappointed with qualifying secondand fourth, but at the end of the day,we have one car on front row and one on the second row. It says a lot about this organization, and what we expect of ourselves, that these guys are disappointed with their performances today. We've set the bar very high for 2006, but I think for us, on a street circuit, this is a very solid qualifying performance, and I think we're in a great position to have a good result on Sunday."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , A.J. Allmendinger