A.J. Allmendinger, ...
A.J. Allmendinger, #10
Reigning Roshfrans Rookie of the Year A.J. Allmendinger drove the #10 RuSPORT car to his career-best Champ Car oval qualification and led the team to its best overall Champ Car start. Allmendinger's fast lap of 21.109(176.001-mph) gave him his second career front-row start and edged out his teammate Justin Wilson in 3rd. As A.J. joins veteran Jimmy Vasser on the front-row for the start of Saturday's Time Warner Cable Road Runner 225, it marks the first time since 1998 that the Champ Car World Series will have an all American front row. The green flag drops tomorrow at 12:00 PM (CT) and can be seen live on CBS.
"Well a front row start was far better than our expectations for qualifying here at Milwaukee. We knew we had a good race car, but we weren't so sure on the qualifying speed we could get. I was aiming for the top three rows, but still, when you're that close.Our plan now is to make some minor adjustments for the race and go for the podium."
Jeremy Dale, Team President
"How about a cliché-so close, but so far away. Seriously, having said that, A.J. did a tremendous job today, as well as the whole #10 RUSPORT team. It would have been great to get that pole, but to be a part of the first all American front-row since 1998 is something to be proud of. A.J. has a great race car for tomorrow and he's very happy with it, and we all know what he's capable of doing with a good car under him. Tomorrow should be a very exciting day for RuSPORT."
Justin Wilson #9
British driver Justin Wilson delivered his career-best Champ Car oval qualification today at the historic Milwaukee Mile with his flyer of 21.125 (175.876-mph) in preparation for tomorrow's Time Warner Cable Road Runner 225. Wilson's 3rd-place start also contributed to the best RuSPORT team qualifying effort to date. Justin currently sits 3rd in the Drivers Championship and is confident for a strong finish Saturday to continue his early season charge. Tomorrow's race takes the green at 12:00 PM (CT) and can be seen live on CBS.
"I'm very pleased with today's qualifying without a doubt. I'm extremely happy to be up there for the start on an oval; I wasn't really expecting it. My engineer Todd (Malloy) has really helped by talking me through the day and the sessions. Our result for the team is clearly a carry over from a successful test here at the Mile last month. A.J. (Allmendinger) and I have learned a lot since our last oval race, so we'll apply that and see how it unfolds tomorrow."
Jeremy Dale, Team President
"Justin had a great day today which culminated in a P-3 qualifying run. He and the #9 RuSPORT guys should be congratulated on a great result. They have a great race car for Saturday so I'm expecting a very solid run for Justin tomorrow."