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RuSport Exceed Expectations

On a day that highlighted the ascendancy of newer teams, RuSPORT netted the best overall qualifying result of their short Champ Car history in Milwaukee

AJ Allmendinger matched his personal best grid position of second, narrowly edging out teammate Justin Wilson, and counted himself pleasantly surprised.

"A front row start was far better than our expectations for qualifying here at Milwaukee," said the American. "We knew we had a good race car, but we weren't so sure about the qualifying speed we could get. I was aiming for the top three rows, but still, when you're that close...

"Our plan now is to make some minor adjustments for the race and go for the podium."

Wilson paid tribute to the team's input in helping him get to grips with the deceptively tricky one-mile oval, where he spun and glanced the wall on the first lap of the race as a rookie in 2004.

"I'm very pleased with today's qualifying, without a doubt," declared the Briton. "I'm extremely happy to be up there for the start on an oval; I wasn't really expecting it. My engineer Todd [Malloy] has really helped by talking me through the day and the sessions.

"Our result for the team is clearly a carry-over from a successful test here at the Mile last month. AJ and I have learned a lot since our last oval race, so we'll apply that and see how it unfolds tomorrow."

On the subject of how his much-anticipated rivalry with Wilson is panning out so far, Allmendinger was disarmingly - although characteristically - frank.

"Justin's been kicking my ass all year, so that hasn't been fantastic," he said. "But other than that, it's been great having him on the team. You know, he's definitely got a lot more experience overall in racing in general, even though it's the second year in Champ Car for both of us.

"You know, once he lets me in on Turn One and I can slide into second [place], it'll be great!"

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