Today's Molson Indy Montreal proved to be an exciting and challenging one for the RuSPORT team. After maintaining their starting positions for the early stint of the race, once the teams began their pit stops, chaos reigned. Allmendinger was...
Today's Molson Indy Montreal proved to be an exciting and challenging one for the RuSPORT team. After maintaining their starting positions for the early stint of the race, once the teams began their pit stops, chaos reigned. Allmendinger was caught in debris on lap 58 which punctured a tire and he was forced to pit under yellow (with the pits closed). The ensuing penalty put him to the back of the field for the restart on lap 62. He soldiered on, making back six positions to finish the race ninth. Wilson's day was also challenging. After starting third and holding second position the majority of the race, Wilson was caught in some ambitious passing moves that dropped him to fourth place. With the race winding down, Wilson was able to pass Sebastien Bourdais on lap 72 for third position and that is where he ended his day. Oriol Servia was the eventual race winner, while rookie Timo Glock was second.
"Today was a great result for CDW and the RuSPORT team. I'm very excited to be on the podium again. We worked hard all weekend to make sure we were competitive and to be right there in every session. Even when we had problems, we bounced back pretty quickly. I have to thank the RuSPORT crew. They worked so hard and our pit stops were fantastic, including our last stop when we came out in second place. At the end of the day, we did everything we could do and got the best result that we were able to get today."
"I'm very disappointed with today's race. The RuSPORT guys did a good job and the Western Union car was really good. I had a chance early on to get around Oriol Servia and that would have been key. After that, I just couldn't catch a break. Basically, everything that could have gone wrong--did go wrong. Something on Sperafico's car came apart and it seemed like it just exploded in front of me. I just ducked. I think I hit a piece of his wing and that punctured my tire. After that and the penalty for pitting to change the flat tire during closed pits, I just did all I could to gain back any positions. It was just a tough day."
Carl Russo, Team Owner
"After starting third and fourth, Justin drove forcefully into second place and AJ managed to hold onto to fourth position throughout the majority of the race. Late in the race, it was just chaos for the two RuSPORT cars. There were some interesting driving tactics and some interesting decisions made by others in the race. These left the Western Union car behind Paul Tracy and ultimately AJ got caught in the debris from another car's accident. AJ was forced to pit under yellow for repairs thus placing the Western Union car last in the field. AJ skillfully fought his way back to ninth place. Justin on the other hand had a pretty flawless day. Flawless pit stops, flawless execution which actually put us out in second place after the last round of pit stops. Justin fell prey to an overly ambitious passing maneuver. Ultimately, he fell back to fourth place and then made a pass on Sebastien Bourdais to move back into third place for another podium finish for the CDW car."