CHAMPCAR/CART: Vancouver: RuSPORT Friday report

A.J. Allmendinger, ...

A.J. Allmendinger, #10
Qualified 11th 1:02.135 / 103.188-mph

Despite battling traffic and a blocked last lap flyer, American A.J. Allmendinger pulled out an 11th-place provisional qualifying effort. Today's run also made him the highest qualifying rookie for the session.

A.J. Allmendinger

"Well we made good progress from practice this morning to qualifying this afternoon; the car is a lot better. We still need to find a little more. We actually didn't figure today we'd be as quick because we're trying a new strategy this weekend. I definitely think I could've at least made the top eight if I hadn't gotten blocked in qualifying. I'm not happy with the day, but we're making progress. I don't think we're really that far off heading into tomorrow and we've got a lot of tires left. So we'll go focus on what we need to get done for that."

David Brown, Senior Race Engineer

"We don't like being 11th and 13th, but we've obviously learned a lot already and like every race weekend we'll improve as the weekend goes on. So we look forward to a better day tomorrow."

Michel Jourdain Jr., #9
Qualified 13th 1:02.463 / 102.646

After failing to get much practice in this morning due red flags and an engine issue, Michel Jourdain and his new RuSPORT crew ran a clean qualifying effort and still delivered a 13th-place finish.

Michel Jourdain Jr.

"I didn't even get in a full lap this morning and that really hurt us. We're way back from where we want to be and where we know we can be. So we'll sit down and have a long chat about how to improve with the information we have. I'm confident we can improve and get the #9 Gigante car up the grid."

Bruce Ashmore, Race Engineer

"It's a shame we lost time and an engine this morning in practice. It was valuable time lost. This is obviously not where we'd like to be, but we'll work hard tonight and study the data we did get to make the #9 car faster for tomorrow."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers A.J. Allmendinger , Bruce Ashmore , David Brown , Michel Jourdain