The RuSPORT team continued their domination of the time charts at the Portland International Raceway today and cemented a front-row sweep as Justin Wilson piloted the ...
The RuSPORT team continued their domination of the time charts at the Portland International Raceway today and cemented a front-row sweep as Justin Wilson piloted the #9 Intel car to his first Champ Car career pole position and teammate A.J. Allmendinger followed suit to put the #10 Beijing '06 car in 2nd for the start of tomorrow's Grand Prix of Portland. Today's results marks RuSPORT's first pole and first 1-2 qualification in Champ Car competition. Wilson delivered the fastest times in both provisional and final qualifying, earning two championship points. Justin's lap time from Friday, a new track record, remained the faster of the two times. Building on the increasing momentum of the season, Sunday will mark the 3rd career front-row start for both Wilson and Allmendinger.
"I think today, and all weekend really, shows what the RuSPORT team is capable of doing. We wanted to build on the momentum coming out of Milwaukee and we're doing that and I think it's great! An all RuSPORT front- row, especially with such a young team, is something to be really proud of. Tomorrow I'm going to try and get to the first corner first and then have the patience to see how it unfolds, but a RuSPORT 1-2 in the victory circle would be nice!"
"We've been struggling a bit all weekend with the set-up of the car and, in fact, it was the worst it's been in this morning's practice session. It was much better in qualifying, for sure, and I think I could have gotten a little more out of it today-maybe enough to beat Justin's time from today, but not enough to beat his time from yesterday. I'm obviously really happy for all of the team to have an all-RuSPORT front row and hopefully we can drive it home to 1-2 tomorrow, but I'll take the '1'!"
Carl Russo, Team Owner
"Yesterday we started the deal and today we closed the deal on qualifying.Our first pole and our first 1-2 qualifying represents a great reward for a great effort by a great team of people."