CHAMPCAR/CART: Milwaukee: A.J. Allmendinger race report

American rookie AJ Allmendinger made an impressive Champ Car oval debut under the lights collecting a fifth place finish for his first-year RuSPORT team in just the third race of the season at the Milwaukee Mile. Allmendinger started 13th, but ...

American rookie AJ Allmendinger made an impressive Champ Car oval debut under the lights collecting a fifth place finish for his first-year RuSPORT team in just the third race of the season at the Milwaukee Mile. Allmendinger started 13th, but steadily made his way through the field. By Lap 100, he was in 6th place and passed Bruno Junqueira for fifth on Lap 140.

A.J. Allmendinger

"I'm more than thrilled with the top-five finish. David Brown, my engineer, and I sat down and we talked honestly to each other today. I told him I was nervous, I didn't know what I wanted out of the race car. And he said Michel's hit on something, let's go after it. He was great. I went down a lap going through traffic on the first stint. I really didn't know how hard to push the car, but as the race went on I found that my car was really good after about 10 laps on the tires. Everybody was coming back to me. I could catch them and get around them. From then on, it was just pacing myself and not making any mistakes. It was a long race. I remember thinking the race had to be almost over and looking down at my dash to see we still had a hundred laps left. I couldn't be more proud of the team. Now we just need to go to Portland and build on this success."

Carl Russo, Team Owner

"I think AJ passed the most cars of anyone out there. We knew in morning warm-up that we had found something on the cars and clearly they put it to good use. He drove maturely. The team functioned well around him. We had good pit stops. It's the next step."

-rsr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , A.J. Allmendinger , Carl Russo , David Brown