Justin Wilson Captures Second Place at Milwaukee Mile CDW / RuSPORT Driver Scores First Career Oval-Track Podium Finish, A.J. Allmendinger Finishes Fourth MILWAUKEE, Wisc., June 4, 2006 -- On a day that saw several crashes and caution laps,...
Justin Wilson Captures Second Place at Milwaukee Mile
CDW / RuSPORT Driver Scores First Career Oval-Track Podium Finish, A.J. Allmendinger Finishes Fourth
MILWAUKEE, Wisc., June 4, 2006 -- On a day that saw several crashes and caution laps, RuSPORT not only managed to finish the Time Warner Cable Road Runner 225 cleanly, but with both cars in the top-four. Justin Wilson (#9 CDW / RuSPORT Lola / Ford-Cosworth / Bridgestone) held off a late charge by Nelson Philippe and finished the race in second place to capture the first podium finish of his career on an oval track. His teammate, A.J. Allmendinger (#10 RuSPORT Lola / Ford-Cosworth / Bridgestone) fought through some difficult handling conditions to finish in fourth place.
"It was a tough race, between having to try to chase down Sebastien while at the same time trying to hold off Nelson," said Wilson. "Nelson had great speed in the straights, but didn't have quite as much downforce as I did in the corners. I thought I could hold him off on the outside, but then he'd steam back up on the exit of the turns. So it was tough, but I'm just really pleased. It was a great result to finish on the podium on an oval, which is something I'm not used to. I just have to thank the team, because it's all about the car here. The CDW car #9 team did a fantastic job."
"We fought hard, but we were just too loose all day," said Allmendinger. "This track is very difficult to get a hold of if the car isn't perfect, and unfortunately, we were just a little off, today. The team worked very hard all weekend long, but in the end, we just weren't quick enough. That's the way things go on an oval, so all we can do is bounce back and get back to work so we can be quicker in Portland."
"It was a great run by RuSPORT today," said RuSPORT team owner Carl Russo. "Neither A.J. nor Justin quite had the cars they had hoped for, but they brought the cars home in second fourth. Although they ran in first and second at times, in the end, we didn't have the car speed that Sebastien had in the #1 car. But, we continue to put both drivers in a position to win races, and that's what we should do, and we're looking forward to going to Portland and doing the same thing...get both drivers in a position to win the race again."
The Champ Car World Series season continues with the Grand Prix of Portland on Sunday, June 18. The race will be broadcast live on CBS, starting at 3:30 pm EDT.