CHAMPCAR/CART: Vancouver: RuSPORT Saturday report

A.J. Allmendinger, ...

A.J. Allmendinger, #10 @Qualified 11th 1:01.588 / 104.105-mph

Despite a successful morning practice session for the #10 Western Union car that produced quick lap times, red flags again plagued today's qualifying. Although rookie A.J. Allmendinger improved his qualifying time from Friday, the young American will start 11th for his first Molson Indy Vancouver.

"Unfortunately it's the same problem again. We've tried different strategies in qualifying to deal with traffic, but we get caught out by red flags. It's really too bad because the #10 Western Union car was feeling good this morning and I thought we could do better. On a positive note, I do think we've got a solid race car. So we'll try and stay out of trouble on the start and bring home a good finish."

Jeremy Dale, Team President

"With A.J., we got a bit backwards on our timing, and the red flags definitely did hurt us. The reality is we're on a tight, congested race track with eighteen guys trying to go quick. People make mistakes, and while that's no excuse, it certainly did impact us today. That being said, A.J. felt that in the practice this morning the car could be better. He's definitely not happy with the time today, but he feels pretty happy that he's got a good race car."

Michel Jourdain Jr., #9
Qualified 12th 1:01.777 / 103.786-mph

Michel Jourdain and the #9 Gigante crew worked hard overnight to find the speed to move up the starting grid. This morning's practice session yielded the fruits of their labor as they had the third fastest time. Two red flags during the last half of qualifying took away the much needed track time to convert the practice time into starting position.

"On every good lap we had going, it was either traffic or a red flag that got us. We made some changes for the second run, and the car responded completely different than we expected. I haven't really finished a race in three races, so I'm looking forward to getting the job done tomorrow. I've had good finishes here the last two years and I feel that the #9 Gigante car is a good race car, so we'll do our best to get the result we know we're capable of."

Jeremy Dale, Team President

"Michel went faster than he did yesterday; that's the good news. The bad news is he didn't get a chance to go near as fast as he did in the pre-qualifying practice. We did struggle with the red flags, the traffic and some of those issues, but we have a car to get good results in tomorrow's race."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers A.J. Allmendinger , Michel Jourdain