CHAMPCAR/CART: Monterrey: RuSPORT Friday report

Despite an ill-handling car and a red flag gnawing away valuable session time, reigning Roshfrans Rookie of the Year A.J. Allmendinger pulled out his second provisional top-ten qualification of the 2005 Champ Car World Series season. The 23...

Despite an ill-handling car and a red flag gnawing away valuable session time, reigning Roshfrans Rookie of the Year A.J. Allmendinger pulled out his second provisional top-ten qualification of the 2005 Champ Car World Series season. The 23 year-old American is nonetheless off to a good start to improve upon his performance here at Monterrey last year, where he qualified 11th. A.J. and the #10 RuSPORT crew aim to move up the grid for tomorrow's final qualifying and join teammate Justin Wilson in the top three. The final qualifying for the Tecate Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix kicks off tomorrow at 2:00 PM (CT).

A.J. Allmendinger

"It was just an okay day today. I'm glad my teammate Justin Wilson qualified 3rd; I'm happy for him and he found something in the car that we can work from on the #10 RuSPORT side. We're struggling with lack of grip, but we really need to improve the car overall. I also need to do a better job driving it. So it's all about Saturday now."

Jeremy Dale, Team President

"A.J. did a good job today, really. He got the most out of the car he could without a doubt. Now we need to go back and do our jobs to get the car quicker, and I'm confident that the RuSPORT crew is fully capable of doing that."

After missing most of the morning practice session due to a front right wishbone problem and struggling with lack of grip during the second practice session, British pilot Justin Wilson focused his efforts and delivered his first top-three qualification of the 2005 Champ Car World Series season. Today's run in the #9 RuSPORT car equals his career-best qualification and matches his starting position here in Monterrey in 2004. Wilson and the RuSPORT squad honed in on the problem areas near the end of today's session and will now head back to work on maximizing those changes for Saturday's final qualifying, which begins at 2:00 PM (CT).

Justin Wilson

"I'm pretty pleased to come out of today's session 3rd because we were struggling with direction early on today. We found something that worked during the red flag and the car starting coming in right away after that. We can definitely make even more improvements for tomorrow and limit our grip issues with the #9 RuSPORT car. I'm going to aim for the pole tomorrow, but whether we close the gap on the Newman-Haas guys, we'll have to see. I'm up for it!"

Jeremy Dale, Team President

"Justin's result today is nowhere near indicative of how difficult of a day he's had. He effectively had three laps in this morning's practice session and he was not happy with the handling of the car, but he grabbed the car by the scruff of the neck and worked hard to get everything he could out of it."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , A.J. Allmendinger