Rookie A.J. Allmendinger again proved his love of the Circuit Gilles- Villenueve and drove the ...
Rookie A.J. Allmendinger again proved his love of the Circuit Gilles- Villenueve and drove the #10 Western Union car to the top of the time sheets in today's final qualifying. Allmendinger held onto the pole until the closing seconds of the session before being moved down by Frenchman Sebastien Bourdias. Tomorrow will mark A.J.'s first Champ Car front row start and his third front row start in as many years and in as many series at Montreal (2002 pole winner Barber Dodge Pro Series, 2003 pole winner Toyota Atlantic Series).
"I'm really happy with today. Every lap my car just kept getting better and better. It was great to have the pole for awhile there, but (Sebastien) Bourdais is just unstoppable right now. I could've gotten another tenth, maybe a little more, but not enough to have beaten Sebastien. I'll take my first Champ Car front row starting position though. My game plan for the race is going to be hang out, play with Sebastien a little bit, wait for his mistake with three laps to go and take the win. Just kidding, I'm really looking forward to having a good race with Bourdais. I respect him a lot and he's an excellent racer. Western Union and Canada have been a good combination for us- the last time in Vancouver we had our first podium with them, so maybe it'll happen again tomorrow."
Carl Russo, Team Owner
"From the beginning, and certainly in the last few races, A.J. and the team have demonstrated better and better car speed for the race, but not in qualifying. Today they put it all together and showed what RuSPORT is capable of doing. I congratulate the whole team for effort and focus to put us here."
The Molson Indy Montreal defending race champion Michel Jourdain Jr. tried a new set-up on the #9 Gigante car for today's final qualifying session and just missed his fourth top-ten starting position for the season. Michel will start 12th, but has proved he can charge to the front and the podium from here. Jourdain is confident in his race set-up and hopes to defend his Molson Indy title.
Michel Jourdain Jr.
"First of all, I'm really happy for A.J. (Allmendinger) and the whole RuSPORT team because this proves that we are on the right path and shows how capable we are of qualifying well. For me today, I'm clearly disappointed with the result we have. In the end, I think we'll use A.J.'s set-up for the car, so we should be okay for the race. I've won here before, so I know that I'm capable of getting the job done in Montreal"
Carl Russo, Team Owner
"It was a disappointing session when you compare it to A.J.'s (Allmendinger) qualifying. That's the bad news. The good news is that A.J. and Michel were using very different set-ups. So for tomorrow, we'll make the necessary changes to Michel car and he'll have a good race car underneath him. Michel has proven he is the caliber of driver that can drive to the front, so we expect that from him again tomorrow."