RuSPORT to Start in Two of Top-Three Spots in 2006 Tecate Grand Prix of Monterrey Presented By Roshfrans Justin Wilson Qualifies in Second Position for Sunday's Race, A.J. Allmendinger Takes Third Spot on Starting Grid MONTERREY, Mexico,...
RuSPORT to Start in Two of Top-Three Spots in 2006 Tecate Grand Prix of Monterrey Presented By Roshfrans
Justin Wilson Qualifies in Second Position for Sunday's Race, A.J. Allmendinger Takes Third Spot on Starting Grid
MONTERREY, Mexico, May 20, 2006 -- After final qualifying for the 2006 Tecate Grand Prix of Monterrey Presented by Roshfrans, RuSPORT still holds two of the top three spots on the starting grid for Sunday's race. Justin Wilson (#9 CDW / RuSPORT Lola / Ford-Cosworth / Bridgestone) qualified in the second starting position with a fast lap time of 1:13.532 seconds, and will start the race on the outside of the front row, next to the Bridgestone Pole Award Winner, Sebastien Bourdais. A.J. Allmendinger (#10 RuSPORT Lola / Ford-Cosworth / Bridgestone) posted the third-fastest qualifying lap time at 1:13.796 seconds, and will start on the inside of row two, just behind the leaders.
The result earns Wilson his sixth career front-row start in the Champ Car World Series. Allmendinger's third-place start in Sunday's race will be his best ever starting position at Monterrey, and his fourth-straight Champ Car start in the top-five, dating back to the 2005 season.
"Today was good...not quite as good as yesterday, but it's very difficult to set the car up here at Fundidora Park," said Wilson. "The slightest incorrect change here can result in more time lost than at other circuits. You have to really work hard and make very small adjustments so you keep the car in the right window so it works well. Part of the gamble we took yesterday to use the Bridgestone alternate red tires paid off, but we knew it would hurt us a little bit today. Under the circumstances, I'm pretty happy with the way we worked. The whole CDW #9 car team has done a great job, and I'm ready for the race now."
"Overall today, I was fairly pleased with how things were going," said Allmendinger. "We were quick in practice, and although we're a bit disappointed with qualifying and not being able to get the car exactly right, I'm pleased to be in the top-three and close to the front. It's going to be a long race tomorrow, and it will be difficult. I think we've got a little more fine-tuning to do on the car, but I'm looking forward to tomorrow."
"Today was definitely nip-and-tuck at the front of the grid, in terms of track position and lap time," said RuSPORT president Jeremy Dale. "Both A.J. and Justin did a great job today to consolidate their positions from yesterday. We knew Sebastien would be tough, and he proved it today. Ultimately, we think we've got good race cars, and the trick will be to maintain what we've got on Sunday in the warm up session, and into the race. I think it's going to be a very, very hard fought race between the top-five drivers on the grid."