A.J. Allmendinger Scores First Career Win Portland, Oregon -- June 18th, 2006 -- Californian A.J. Allmendinger led 100 of 105 laps today to take his first career Champ Car Victory in his debut with the Forsythe Team. It was a dominating ...
A.J. Allmendinger Scores First Career Win
Portland, Oregon -- June 18th, 2006 -- Californian A.J. Allmendinger led 100 of 105 laps today to take his first career Champ Car Victory in his debut with the Forsythe Team. It was a dominating weekend for Forsythe Championship Racing in Portland as the team had a full sweep of the weekend's events with James Hinchcliffe capturing his first Champ Car Atlantic Victory. Paul Tracy fought an ill-handling race car through the entire Champ Car race but managed to finish in seventh position.
"This is absolutely amazing. I still don't think I really understand it and believe that it happened. I know with like seven or eight laps to go, I started tearing up. I told myself to stop being a sissy and finish the race because I hadn't won anything yet. I can't thank Forsythe and the whole team enough for everything they've done for me this weekend. Before the weekend even started, just stuff like travel and stuff that happen doesn't seem that big of a deal that sometimes can be trouble, they made so easy. Getting here, the guys were absolutely fantastic. I can't thank them enough for what they made me feel like when I got here and how comfortable I was to get in the car, out of the car, how much fun they made this weekend go."
"I mean, the pit stops were absolutely fantastic. I just can't thank the whole team enough. Red Bull for sticking behind me. No matter what I was going to do, they said they were going to stick behind me. It's absolutely a fantastic sponsor. Companies like Puma that had a suit ready for me in two days, Corby Concepts had a paint job. Everybody - my parents for sticking behind me, my fiance, just everybody -- Tara Ragan (personal manager) for being such a nice, nice lady, doing everything for me over the past week. Everything that they did for me this week, it's amazing."
"Well first of all I want to congratulate A.J. on his first win; he drove a hell of a race. The race for us wasn't nearly as enjoyable obviously, we were just out there trying to stay consistent and just racing for points basically. We didn't have the speed, the balance just wasn't there. Our fuel mileage wasn't very good either, it is very difficult to save fuel when you are struggling with the setup of the car, so we had to pit earlier than the guys around me and that sent us back a few positions. I'm just going to concentrate on Cleveland now, I won there last year and I'm sure we'll have a good car, I'm really looking forward to the race and hopefully we can repeat our performance from last year."
Next week the Forsythe Team heads to Cleveland, the next round the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. The Forsythe drivers had a dominating performance last year at the Cleveland Grand Prix, with Paul Tracy winning the race followed by A.J. Allmendinger in second. You can log on to www.champcar.ws and www.forsythe-racing.com for up-to-date results, standings, and news features.