Allmendinger Makes Winning as Easy as 1, 2, 3 in a Row A.J. Allmendinger continued his amazing assault on victory lane since joining Forsythe Championship Racing, today winning for the third time in as many tries with his new team. Starting ...
Allmendinger Makes Winning as Easy as 1, 2, 3 in a Row
A.J. Allmendinger continued his amazing assault on victory lane since joining Forsythe Championship Racing, today winning for the third time in as many tries with his new team. Starting second, quick pit work got Allmendinger ahead of pole sitter Justin Wilson on their first stop and into command.
Allmendinger took the lead for good on the 64th of 86 laps on the temporary street circuit around Exhibition Place, holding off teammate Paul Tracy by 1.851 seconds at the finish. Allmendinger became the first American driver in 12 years to win three straight races.
* From A.J. Allmendinger, #7 Indeck/Forsythe Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Unbelievable! The Forsythe/Indeck team just seems to get this car perfect when it's the right time, and they have the fastest pit stops I've ever seen. And those Bridgestone tires are the best tires on the planet. On a course that probably should have burned the tires off the car and been hard to drive, the Bridgestones stayed under me the whole time. I love 'em to death."
* From Paul Tracy, #3 Indeck/Forsythe Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "We had a nice, consistent day. We had a lot of racing between Bourdais, Wilson and myself; clean racing. Both of the Bridgestone tires (standards and alternates) were pretty equal in the race. It was more of a fuel-saving race so we weren't always going as hard as we could go, but the tires were great."
* Bridgestone Tire Performance Summary: Bridgestone Motorsport brought proven selections for both its dry-condition tire specifications this weekend. The standard (black-sidewall) spec debuted at Houston in May. The higher-grip (red-sidewall) alternate spec saw was used at Long Beach and Houston. Each car received seven sets of standard Potenzas and two sets of alternates to use during the weekend, but at least one set of each spec had to be run during Sunday's race.
* From Joe Barbieri, Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport: "A.J. continues on his incredible win streak, and he's given his Bridgestone tires great credit every step of the way. It didn't matter to A.J. whether he was on the Potenza standard tires or alternates today; he seemed able to pull away any time he wanted. It now looks as if we have a renewed battle for the championship, which is always good to see. We're pleased with the way the Bridgestone 'reds' and 'blacks' performed today. On a punishing track with many changes of surface, the tires held up well and provided good grip all the way around."
Race temperatures ranged from 102 to 110 degrees track and from 75 to 79 degrees ambient (F).
Race temperatures ranged from 39 to 43 degrees track and from 24 to 26 degrees ambient (C).