CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise: RuSPORT Saturday report

Qualifying is now complete for the Lexmark Indy 300. The track's conditions were 100% different than yesterday's wet, overcast day as today it was 93 degrees with no clouds in sight, a welcome reprieve for the RuSPORT team. Both RuSPORT drivers...

Qualifying is now complete for the Lexmark Indy 300. The track's conditions were 100% different than yesterday's wet, overcast day as today it was 93 degrees with no clouds in sight, a welcome reprieve for the RuSPORT team. Both RuSPORT drivers dramatically improved their positions from yesterday with AJ Allmendinger posting a best effort of 1:33.250, good for sixth on the grid and his teammate, Justin Wilson, posting a time of 1:33.360, good for seventh on the grid. Oriol Servia posted the quickest time of the day at 1:32.616, while Sebastien Bourdais will line up second on the grid based on his provisional effort from Friday as he was only fifth quick today, and Mario Dominguez will start in third with a time of 1:32.667. The drivers will return to the track tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. for the final warm-up and the 57-lap race will begin at 1:25 p.m. local time and will be shown tape delayed on SPEED Channel at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Justin Wilson

"I am happy with my car. We were able to improve a lot from this morning's practice session. At the beginning of the day we didn't have much grip and the balance of the car under braking was pretty bad. For the qualifying session the guys did a great job and gave me a pretty good car. We are seventh, but I think that in reality the car is faster than what this result indicates. We never had a really clean lap to reach the speed we are capable of, so I think tomorrow we will have the chance to show our real speed. It will be a long and tough race so we will need to stay calm and focused, waiting for the right moment".

A.J. Allmendinger

"I am disappointed because we could have finished in a better position. In my last stint, when I was having a great lap, we got caught behind (Timo) Glock and lost time, so sixth it is-- not an accurate measure for our real capability this weekend. We are still missing a little bit of rear grip, so we will need to work on that, but I think that we are in good shape for tomorrow's race. If we can fix this little problem, we will be even better than we already are, so I am feeling confident."

Jeremy Dale

"AJ was pretty quick today but we struggled a bit with timing. We just couldn't get the track position we needed to develop the speed that the car has. The field is really competitive and the track is really fast, so these small differences show up in a very big way. That small difference (bad timing) is what put him in sixth and not higher today. Today was a good day for Justin and his crew. They were in bad shape this morning and not very pleased with what they had for a car. They managed to find the right way for qualifying where they were a lot better. They finished in seventh, but I think they are in much better shape than that, so even though this is a hard track to pass, I think Justin has the skills and now he also has the speed to come up with a good result on Sunday".

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Oriol Servia , Mario Dominguez , Sébastien Bourdais , A.J. Allmendinger