A.J. Allmendinger Takes Third Position, Justin Wilson Will Start Fourth MILWAUKEE, Wisc., June 3, 2006 -- Qualifying is complete for the 2006 Time Warner Cable Road Runner 225 at the Milwaukee Mile, and once again, RuSPORT has taken two spots...
A.J. Allmendinger Takes Third Position, Justin Wilson Will Start Fourth
MILWAUKEE, Wisc., June 3, 2006 -- Qualifying is complete for the 2006 Time Warner Cable Road Runner 225 at the Milwaukee Mile, and once again, RuSPORT has taken two spots near the front of the starting grid. A.J. Allmendinger (#10 RuSPORT Lola / Ford-Cosworth / Bridgestone) posted a best-lap time of 21.398 seconds to capture third place on the starting grid, while his teammate, Justin Wilson (#9 CDW / RuSPORT Lola / Ford-Cosworth / Bridgestone) recorded a time of 21.420 and will start fourth in tomorrow's race.
The result marks the fourth time in as many races that Allmendinger has qualified in the top-four on the starting grid during the 2006 Champ Car World Series season.
"Overall, I'm pleased," said Allmendinger. "We're still a bit off with the balance of the car. It was really hard to hang onto, because it was so loose. But we're working hard to get better, and I'm happy to be starting so close to the front."
"The car felt good," said Wilson. "It's just a matter of getting used to the track. Generally I was pretty pleased with how it went, I was just disappointed that we didn't get through the second lap, because of a fuel surge problem. When that happened, the data showed we were quick enough for P2. Hopefully, we can work out the issue and have a good race tomorrow."
Windy conditions at the Milwaukee Mile caused several crashes involving other Champ Car drivers in practice on Friday and Saturday morning. When asked about it, Wilson noted that conditions had improved on Saturday afternoon.
"In qualifying, it felt okay...not too bad at all. You always have to be cautions of the wind, and it's something you've got to bear in mind and not push the limits on too much. You've always got to leave a little bit in reserve. But, I was pushing it hard on that last lap, and we would have been close, but it didn't happen."
"The team did a very good job today, and putting both drivers on the second row is a very solid result for us," said RuSPORT president Jeremy Dale. "Everyone knows the Milwaukee Mile is very difficult race track to get a hold of, and I'm quite confident that both of our drivers have good, quick race cars. That's important, because 225 miles around this race track is very challenging if you don't have a good race car. I expect Justin and A.J. will have a very strong race tomorrow."
The Time Warner Cable Road Runner 225 will air live on SPEED on Sunday, June 4, starting at 2:00 pm EDT.