Reigning Roshfrans Rookie of the Year A.J. Allmendinger drove a consistently strong race as he went on to his career-best Champ Car finish in today's Time Warner Cable Road Runner 225 at the historic Milwaukee Mile oval. The 23 year-old American...
Reigning Roshfrans Rookie of the Year A.J. Allmendinger drove a consistently strong race as he went on to his career-best Champ Car finish in today's Time Warner Cable Road Runner 225 at the historic Milwaukee Mile oval. The 23 year-old American never eased the pressure on winner Paul Tracy as he held onto the second spot for nearly every lap of the race. A.J.'s 2nd-place today marks his 3rd career podium and the 4th podium for second-year Champ Car World Series team RuSPORT. Allmendinger makes big gains in the Drivers Championship to claim 5th in the overall standings.
"I'm so happy with today's result. The whole #10 crew did a great job in giving me a solid car all weekend. I thought I might be able to run Paul (Tracy) down, especially when my Bridgestone Potenza tires got older. Then I could really close the gap on him, but when he put on fresh tires his car was like a rocketship. I deserve second-place because I was the second-best car out there today, but we are showing we can move forward and be a threat."
Carl Russo, Team Owner
"What a bounce back from the rollercoaster run A.J. had at Monterrey. The team has demonstrated all year that we have the car speed to run at the front. A.J. showed today what he's clearly capable of doing with that. He garnered some valuable championship points today and moved up the standings. Next we head to Portland where both A.J. and Justin can deliver."
RuSPORT pilot Justin Wilson continued his steady streak of impressive drives in today's Time Warner Cable Road Runner 225 at the Milwaukee Mile. After qualifying 3rd, just behind his teammate, Wilson kept the pressure on to stay in the top-three for nearly the entire race around the oval. Justin lost valuable time to lapped traffic, to slip only one spot to bring home his third consecutive 4th-place finish of the 2005 Champ Car World Series season. Wilson's hunt for the podium has continued his push up the overall points standings. Justin's 4th-place moves him up to 2nd in the Drivers Championship.
"The car has been good all weekend and was right there for pretty much the whole race. I know we at least had a third-place car, but both A.J. (Allmendinger) and got really held up by the slower, lapped traffic. A.J. would get held up first and the guys behind me would catch me. Then he'd get by and I'd have to deal with it again. That's definitely what cost us the podium. It was very frustrating. There were two back-markers into Turn 2 at one point that were having their own issues and were so slow I nearly ran into the back of one. I'm happy we've gotten another top finish, but frustrated that it could have been a double podium for us."
Carl Russo, Team Owner
"With three fourth-place finishes in a row, Justin is the most consistent finisher in Champ Car. He now leaves here in second-place in the Drivers Championship, showing that consistency counts. Considering this is only the third oval race Justin has ever run in his life, he drove a great race. Now we go to Portland, where he gave his current teammate a hell of a run last year-so expect a great race there without a doubt."