CHAMPCAR/CART: Vancouver: RuSPORT race report

RuSPORT captures first double podium with Vancouver 2-3 A.J Allmendinger, ...

RuSPORT captures first double podium with Vancouver 2-3

A.J Allmendinger, #10
Started 11th Finished 3rd

American rookie A.J. Allmendinger drove a smart and clean race in today's Molson Indy Vancouver to garner his first Champ Car podium, finishing 3rd. Allmendinger's finish in the # 10 Western Union car behind teammate Michel Jourdain Jr. also gives RuSPORT its third visit to the podium in just seven starts. A.J. now leaves Vancouver leading the prestigious Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year standings with 108 points. RuSPORT leaves Round 7 with both drivers in the top ten in the championship, with A.J. in 8th and Jourdain Jr. in 10th.

A.J. Allmendinger

"Although we didn't qualify well, we knew all along RuSPORT had great cars for the race. Then my engineers David Brown and Chris Lerch just put together an awesome strategy and my guys just did a tremendous job on the pit stops. So for me, it was a matter of pacing myself in the beginning so that I could give everything I had to run ahead of Bruno (Junqueira). For once, I'm almost speechless. Each weekend we've been getting closer and closer. As for the Rookie of the Year standings, normally it's not a title that I really focus on. But if I can beat Justin Wilson-who's not really a rookie, but a very accomplished driver-I'm pretty happy. I'm also glad that I could bring home a good result for Western Union and thank them for having the confidence to return as my sponsor this weekend."

Carl Russo, Team Owner

"This weekend shows a continued improvement in the speed of the cars. The engineering staff continues to work in between events to improve our race speed. We had very good car speed all weekend long; we simply didn't get to show it in qualifying. We came up with a good strategy for the race, and then executed it. The guys drove their hearts out, and the crew did excellent pit stops, and there's the 2-3.

A.J. had an excellent race and drove up to the front. You had to love those last 25 laps because A.J. was in a straight up fight with Bruno Junqueira, who's obviously a proven commodity in this series, on a proven team. There was no blocking; just a straight fight and A.J. came out the winner."

Michel Jourdain Jr.
Started 12th Finished 2nd

Michel Jourdain Jr. piloted the #9 Gigante car to the front of the field, using planned race strategy and faultless pit stops to bring home his second podium finish of the season. Jourdain Jr.'s 2nd-place in today's Molson Indy Vancouver, just ahead of rookie teammate A.J. Allmendinger, gives RuSPORT its first 2-3 finish and third podium visit in just seven starts. RuSPORT also leaves Round 7 with both drivers in the top ten in the championship, with A.J. in 8th and Jourdain Jr. in 10th.

Michel Jourdain Jr.

"In Milwaukee RuSPORT had two cars in the top five, and we've just been getting better and better. I've said all along that even though the team is new, Carl Russo has done such a good job in getting the right people, that the results would come. The last two times here I have finished fourth. Now I have a podium and I'm happy about that because I've wanted to do well here for my friend Greg Moore. It was a tough race, especially during the second and third stints because my brakes were just destroyed and I had to work to take care of them. I'm so happy for this result because my guys have been working every night at the shop until very late at night to get here, so this is for them."

Carl Russo, Team Owner

"This weekend also demonstrates again why Michel was a championship contender last year. He comes from the back, gets ahead of A.J. on the stop, and takes it to second on the podium. Michel executed well on the race track, but what people don't see is how much he's meant to this team off the race track."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , A.J. Allmendinger , Carl Russo , David Brown , Greg Moore , Michel Jourdain