A.J. Allmendinger, ...
A.J. Allmendinger, #10
Start: 11th; Finish: 17th
Allmendinger used the slippery track conditions for the Tecate Telmex Grand Prix to his benefit advancing from his 11th place starting position to 7th place by Lap 10. The RuSPORT rookie brushed the pit wall with his right rear upon entering pit lane on Lap 24. A fire on his out lap put an early end to Allmendinger's day. He finished 17th.
"The early part of the race went really well for me. The track was really slippery, so I was just letting the group ahead of me hurt themselves which was letting me gain position. Eventually I started struggling with rear grip again and the guys behind started catching me. Coming into the pits, I knew we needed a good stop to gain some positions on pit lane. As soon as I turned the car toward the pit lane, the car got loose, started sliding and didn't stop until it hit the pit wall. The contact broke something in the rear so, to add insult to injury, the car caught fire down the back straight away."
Carl Russo, Team Owner
"It was a better weekend for AJ, racing up as high as 7th place. But, coming into the pits, let's call it a rookie mistake, he brushed the outside of the pit wall and broke something on the car and that was it. But, the team is starting to race forward, so the good and the bad for A.J. this weekend."
Michel Jourdain Jr., #9
Start: 13th; Finish:11th
Jourdain and his Gigante team put in a strong effort for the Tecate Telmex Grand Prix running in the top-10 throughout most of the 72-lap race. On the final restart (Lap 65), Jourdain made contact with Ryan Hunter-Reay attempting to pass the American for 8th place. Jourdain held on to finish 11th in front of the many Mexican fans who came to support today's race.
Michel Jourdain Jr.
"It was a long day under these very hot conditions, especially with starting in the back. I think the gears were too long and that's why I got passed in the beginning. The car got a lot better with the second set of tires and I was running strong lap times. The rear tires were pretty good, but we had so many yellows that the tires would cool down and not work again. At the end, I crashed with Ryan (Hunter-Reay) going for 8th. It broke the suspension, but luckily I was able to hang on for 11th place."
Carl Russo, Team Owner
"Michel was racing forward in the field running well into the top-10. On the restart, he went for 8th and got together with Ryan Hunter-Reay, falling back to 12th. He did manage another spot from Jimmy Vasser at the finish. But, running 9th, going for 8th, if we have to finish 11th when he's going for it, that's fine. Michel is starting to get more and more aggressive every weekend."