Frustration In San Jose San Jose, California -- July 30th, 2006 -- Despite a promising start that saw Forsythe drivers Paul Tracy and A.J. Allmendinger line up second and third on the grid, frustration ensued as Tracy encountered brake ...
Frustration In San Jose
San Jose, California -- July 30th, 2006 -- Despite a promising start that saw Forsythe drivers Paul Tracy and A.J. Allmendinger line up second and third on the grid, frustration ensued as Tracy encountered brake problems that sent him into a runoff area. He had contact with Alex Tagliani as he tried to get back underway, ending his day. An altercation ensued in pit lane between the two drivers as Tagliani confronted Tracy about the incident.
Allmendinger had to fight his way thru the field after making an unscheduled pit stop to repair wing damage that he suffered at the start. He managed to climb up to the third position before he was penalized for allegedly entering a closed pit lane just moments after Tracy's incident and fell far down the field but battled back to a seventh-place finish.
"Well it's obviously not the result that we were expecting. At the start of the race I got my wing almost knocked off when Sebastien and I touched coming into Turn 1, the Forsythe Team did an amazing job like usual fixing it and got me back out on the lead lap and from there on we just had to fight our way back to the front. I got a few guys out on the track and my crew helped me get some more positions on the pits. I was all the way up third place before the second pit stop, we heard from race control that the pits were open and came straight in, afterwards they said that they weren't and penalized us and ruined our race, you know we'll file a complaint but there's not too much that can come out of it unfortunately."
"It's an unfortunate situation, I was having brake problems, I kept locking up in the braking zones, I just couldn't get the car to stop. I went off into the runoff, got the car turned around and I thought I had enough room to leave before Tagliani got past me but obviously I didn't and as I was coming back on to the track we touched and that was it for both of us. I came back to the pits and he kept confronting me, he kept grabbing me and I told him to stop grabbing me, and he kept grabbing me and I kept telling him to stop, then he walked away and came back and grabbed me again and that was it, I had to push him off me."
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