CHAMPCAR/CART: Monterrey: RuSPORT race report

British pilot Justin Wilson survived an intense Tecate Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix filled with eight caution periods to bring home his second top- five finish of the season. After achieving his second career fron- row start, Wilson drove hard and...

British pilot Justin Wilson survived an intense Tecate Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix filled with eight caution periods to bring home his second top- five finish of the season. After achieving his second career fron- row start, Wilson drove hard and was on his way to a podium finish before a stall on the #9 RuSPORT car's second pit-stop dropped him to the back of the pack. After the stop, the crew made the decision to make another quick stop to top up the fuel while the track was still under a full-course yellow. A mistake by Oriol Servia opened to door for a sweeping pass by Wilson to clinch the 4th spot. Justin continued to charge hard and bring home his second consecutive 4th-place finish. Wilson led his teammate to mark the second time RuSPORT finished both cars in the top-ten. Justin advances now to 3rd in the Drivers Championship standings.

Justin Wilson

"It was a really bizarre race today. It seemed like everyone had some good fortune and everyone had some bad fortune. Things were looking pretty positive until I stalled on my second pit-stop. Then we fell way back. Then I had my lucky break when Oriol (Servia) spun and I just passed several cars and got right back into it again. Both A.J. (Allmendinger) and I brought the cars home in the top-ten and gained some valuable points, but it was definitely a crazy day."

Jeremy Dale, Team President

"It was definitely a hot and cold day for Justin and the whole team. Early on Justin was running really well and he certainly had a podium car. Justin had a couple of good breaks and a couple of things that clearly did not go his way, and stalling the car was part of that. Nonetheless, Justin stayed with it and drove the car hard, made a great pass on the last lap and brought the car home for another top-five finish."

After a dramatic Tecate Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix that was full of racing incidents and yellow flags, reigning Roshfrans Rookie of the Year A.J. Allmendinger kept his determination to bring home his second top-ten finish of the 2005 Champ Car World Series season. Allmendinger started 11th , after losing his fastest qualifying time due to a black flag penalty, but immediately set to work and gained two positions on the start. A.J. climbed as high as 6th before a spin by Oriol Servia briefly halted his pace. Allmendinger rejoined the hunt to bring the #10 RuSPORT car home in 10th and follow up his teammate's 4th place run. Today's result marks the second time in as many rounds the RuSPORT team finishes with both cars in the top- ten. A.J. also remains in the top-ten in the Drivers Championship standings.

A.J. Allmendinger

"The car was awesome today. If we had started at the front we would have driven away with it. I never really had to push the car-it was just that good. It was looking like things were really going our way with as crazy as the race was going on for everyone around me. The #10 car was charging right up the field. When (Oriol) Servia spun I couldn't do anything but wait for him to finish. I lost my momentum and everyone just went by me. Then I locked up the brakes. The crew was great today, the car was great. My race was not great."

Jeremy Dale, Team President

"A.J. did a great job today. He really used his head early on and got straight to work chipping away at it. He drove hard when he needed to, saved fuel when he needed to, and mad the moves when he needed to; but unfortunately he got caught up in (Oriol) Servia's mistake and that really cost us. He still stayed with it and brought home a top-ten finish and some valuable championship points."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Oriol Servia , A.J. Allmendinger