RuSPORT Takes Second and Third in Tecate Grand Prix of Monterrey Justin Wilson Finishes in Second Place, A.J. Allmendinger Takes Third MONTERREY, Mexico, May 21, 2006 -- On a day when teamwork and pit stop strategy counted most, RuSPORT...
RuSPORT Takes Second and Third in Tecate Grand Prix of Monterrey
Justin Wilson Finishes in Second Place, A.J. Allmendinger Takes Third
MONTERREY, Mexico, May 21, 2006 -- On a day when teamwork and pit stop strategy counted most, RuSPORT walked away from the 2006 Tecate Grand Prix of Monterrey with two spots on the podium. Justin Wilson (#9 CDW / RuSPORT Lola / Ford-Cosworth / Bridgestone) finished in second place, just behind Sebastien Bourdais, and just ahead of teammate A.J. Allmendinger (#10 RuSPORT Lola / Ford-Cosworth / Bridgestone), who finished third.
Wilson led 28 laps in the race, but ultimately lost the lead after his second pit stop. The runner-up result gave Wilson his fifth podium finish of his career, and moved him back into second place in the 2006 Champ Car World Series championship standings.
"I'm pleased with second, and it's great that A.J. was up there on the podium for RuSPORT, as well," said Wilson. "Obviously, it's a little bit disappointing that we didn't get the win, but we gave Sebastien a run for his money today. The CDW team gave me great pit-stops, but Sebastien had the edge on us fuel-wise. I was pushing really hard in the final stint, and it was encouraging that we could keep up with Sebastien when we were on the black Bridgestone tires and he was on the alternate reds. It's not like Long Beach where he ran away with it, and it shows that we're making progress."
Allmendinger's third-place finish is his best result this season, and the eighth podium finish of his career.
"It was for the most part a steady day," said Allmendinger. "For me, the black Bridgestone tires were probably a bit better than the alternate reds. I probably made a mistake by telling the team to go to the reds on the second set of tires. But, all around, it was a good performance, a good way to get the season back on track for my whole RuSPORT team, and get Red Bull and CDW back on the podium with me. That was great."
"Today was a tremendous performance by the entire team and both drivers," said RuSPORT president, Jeremy Dale. "We knew coming into race day that we had very strong, competitive cars, we knew Sebastien was strong and would be competitive, and we knew it would be a hard-fought race, especially with Sebastien. He didn't let us down. The CDW #9 car team did a fantastic job to get Justin out in front of Sebastien on the first stop. When A.J. passed Sebastien after the restart, it was incredible. It was forceful and totally clean...a great move. Unfortunately for us, Sebastien just did a slightly better job with his fuel saving than we did, and he was able to jump back over us on the second stop. That's what got us. Two cars on the podium is a great result for the team, and having Justin re-take second position in the championship is great, too. Overall, it's a great way to head off to the next event in Milwaukee."
The 2006 Champ Car World Series continues with the Time Warner Cable Road Runner 225 at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, WI on Sunday, June 4. The race will be broadcast live on SPEED Channel at 2:00 pm EDT.