CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise: RuSPORT preview

As the RuSPORT squad makes its first journey "Down Under", they are close to capping off a successful first year in the Champ Car World Series. For most of the season RuSPORT has kept both drivers in the top-ten in the overall Drivers Championship...

As the RuSPORT squad makes its first journey "Down Under", they are close to capping off a successful first year in the Champ Car World Series. For most of the season RuSPORT has kept both drivers in the top-ten in the overall Drivers Championship standings. Currently A.J. Allmendinger sits 7th in the standings and Michel Jourdain Jr. is in 11th.

RuSPORT has also achieved some other impressive stats in just the first year, including their first podium (3rd, Milwaukee), double podium (2nd & 3rd, Vancouver) and leading their first Champ Car laps (Cleveland, Road America, Montreal, Laguna Seca).

Although RuSPORT is new to the fabulous Gold Coast event, veteran pilot Michel Jourdain Jr. is not. In fact, Michel ranks this as one of his favorite races both on and off the track. The circuit seems to like him too; Michel has finished in the top-ten here the last four years. Jourdain's best result in Surfer's Paradise was last season as he just missed the podium for a 4th-place finish after leading the race.

American rookie A.J. Allmendinger wasted no time in jumping into his first Australian Indy. A.J. hit the beach on Wednesday for the Miss Indy Beach Volleyball Challenge and took in some more of the native flora and fauna with a trip to a local wildlife park.

A.J. isn't just having fun in the sun. He is now getting race-ready with an eye on his competition. A.J. is currently leading the prestigious Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year battle and needs only to finish this weekend 1 championship point ahead of former Formula 1 driver Justin Wilson to clinch the 2004 title.

Coming into this weekend, A.J. and Michel have delivered a total of 9 top- ten road and street-course finishes for the RuSPORT team.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , A.J. Allmendinger , Michel Jourdain