A.J. Allmendinger, ...
A.J. Allmendinger, #10
After a strong qualifying effort on his first visit to Road America in a Champ Car, rookie A.J. Allmendinger and the #10 RuSPORT crew succumbed to prevail ant yellow flags and the wrong pit strategy for today's race. The Grand Prix of Road America turned into a timed event as a result of the many caution periods, and a spin on the last lap by Allmendinger while in a battle with Paul Tracy, resulted in a 13th-place finish. Despite a tough race, Allmendinger maintains his lead in the Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year challenge (116 points to Justin Wilson's 107) and his top-ten status in the Driver's Championship.
"With all of the yellows, we had a really tough time getting in the three required 'green' pit stops. Our strategy to get them done just didn't play out like we hoped and the car wasn't handling all that great. Then I got under Paul (Tracy) and just spun. It was my mistake. I'm really disappointed in myself and had hoped I could've done better to represent the 'Live Strong, Wear Yellow' campaign for the Lance Armstrong Foundation today. I know we were capable of a much better result here."
Jeremy Dale, Team President
"There's no other way to describe it but disappointing. We had decent speed with the race car. A.J. spun on the last lap, but we had already gotten backwards on our pit strategy with the yellows at that point, which comprised our position heading into the final laps. We're still in the rookie points-lead, so there's something positive out of today."