Allmendinger Wins at Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin -- September 24, 2006 -- A.J. Allmendinger picked up his fifth win of the year today after holding off both Newman-Hass drivers in a two lap shootout for the Checkered Flag at the Champ...
Allmendinger Wins at Road America
Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin -- September 24, 2006 -- A.J. Allmendinger picked up his fifth win of the year today after holding off both Newman-Hass drivers in a two lap shootout for the Checkered Flag at the Champ Car Grand Prix of Road America. It was a whole team effort that sent Allmendinger to the front of the field from his fifth starting spot, combining brilliant pit strategy with brave on-track passes. Allmendinger keeps his Championship hopes alive by shortening his point deficit to 58 with two events remaining the 2006 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. After a great start Paul Tracy positioned himself in the top five but fell to the back off the pack after flatspotting a tire and going off into the sand trap. He now moves up to fourth place in the Championship standings, two points clear of fifth place.
"This really just shows what the whole Forsythe Championship Racing team is made of. At the beginning of the race, we had nothing for Sebastien (Bourdais). I was barely trying to hang with Dan (Clarke). We kept making some changes, kept trying to play the tire strategy right, trying to figure out which tires were going to be better on my car, whether it was the reds or the blacks.
I came up the front straightaway and saw P1 on my pit board and couldn't believe it. You know, the last two laps were probably the toughest that I've ever had in a Champ Car. Just to hold on against guys that I knew were a lot quicker than me. I tried to hit my marks. Fortunately we came away with it.
It's still going to be tough to really come back and win the Championship. He's (Sebastien Bourdais) going to need some bad luck. Montreal killed us in respect to points. You know, you never know what's going to happen. If we can just go out there and try to win the last two races, at least try to beat him for the most wins during the season, you never know what's going to happen.
If you win the race, you're going to get the most points. All you can ever do is worry about yourself. Everything else is going to take care of itself. If we come up short in the championship, finish second, it's still been a fantastic year no matter what, because after four races this year when I was like 80 points back and jobless! I didn't think I was actually going to be in contention for the championship."
"It's been pretty much a frustrating weekend all around. We had a bad qualifying session on Friday and had to start from the back. We never really rebounded from that. During the race we managed to pick up some positions in the pits and on the track, but then we flat spotted a tire and went off on Canada Corner and fell to the back again. We moved up to fourth in the points so at least we got something out of it; now we'll just have to make sure we stay there and hopefully pick up a race win before the season is over."
The next stop in the Championship takes the teams to Surfers Paradise, Australia October 20 - 22.
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