CHAMPCAR/CART: Mexico City: RuSPORT Saturday report

A.J. Allmendinger, ...

A.J. Allmendinger, #10 Western Union
Qualified 7th 1:27.205 / 115.012-mph

This year's Champ Car Rookie of the Year A.J. Allmendinger delivered his 11th top-ten qualification this season for today's final qualifying for the Grand Prix of Mexico City. After qualifying 3rd on Friday, A.J. and the # 10 Western Union crew worked diligently in an effort to polish the lap times for pole position, but just missed the goal. Allmendinger, nonetheless, improved his time from yesterday and will start 7th, marking his 7th consecutive top-ten start.

A.J. Allmendinger

"Well this definitely wasn't the result we wanted or that we were capable of, for sure. We thought we had it; we made the changes that we thought we give us just the little extra we needed for a solid shot at the pole, but they obviously weren't the appropriate ones. I know we have a great car for tomorrow, so I'm just going to focus on that right now and shoot for the podium."

Jeremy Dale, Team President

"A.J. had a good session, but not great. The car speed is pretty good, if you discount Sebastien (Bourdais) because he's on his own planet today. We're a couple of tenths off the front row, which is where I think we should be. We do have good race car for tomorrow and I think we can expect some really good things out of A.J. and the Western Union crew tomorrow."

Michel Jourdain Jr., #9 Gigante
Qualified 10th 1:27.537 / 114.576-mph

Mexican fan-favorite Michel Jourdain Jr. hit the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit for today's final qualifying for Sunday's Grand Prix of Mexico City and garnered his 7th top-ten start of the season. Jourdain improved his lap time from yesterday and he and the # 9 Gigante crew feel confident that they are in a good position to collect their third podium of the season tomorrow in front of Michel's home crowd. Today's qualifying also marks Michel's 4th consecutive top-ten start.

Michel Jourdain Jr.

"We're fighting with the same problem that we had yesterday. We still have a problem with oversteer. The good news is that we know what the problem is and now will work on fixing it. I think we're in good shape for tomorrow's race and I think we can end the season on a high note and for my fans, family, friends and sponsors. I think it's reasonable to look for the Gigante car on the podium."

Jeremy Dale, Team President

"Hats off to Michel and his crew; they came along way from yesterday. The margins are so close that a tenth here and a tenth there can move you several positions up the grid. We have a good race car for Michel and we're all feeling pretty good about tomorrow. He's in a solid starting position and we know that Michel is capable of getting the job done."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers A.J. Allmendinger , Michel Jourdain