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

RuSport Exceed Expectations

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!"

shares
comments
Vasser Hails PKV Milestone
Previous article

Vasser Hails PKV Milestone

Next article

Tracy Dominates in Milwaukee

Tracy Dominates in Milwaukee
Porsche’s hopeful Le Mans future meets its illustrious past Plus

Porsche’s hopeful Le Mans future meets its illustrious past

Rising sportscar star Adam Smalley had to pinch himself when offered the chance to drive the car that won the world’s most famous enduro in 1987

Historics
Sep 6, 2022
Why romanticism isn't the key factor in Lola’s racing return Plus

Why romanticism isn't the key factor in Lola’s racing return

The iconic Lola name is being relaunched after it was taken over by new ownership. Part of that reboot is a planned return to racing, though the exact details of this are still to be finalised - though its new owner does have a desire to bring the brand back to the Le Mans 24 Hours. But romanticism doesn't appear to be the driving force behind this renewed project...

General
Jul 14, 2022
Rating the best drivers of the century so far Plus

Rating the best drivers of the century so far

Autosport's Top 50 feature has been a staple of the magazine for the past two decades since its first appearance in 2002. Here are the drivers that have featured most prevalently during that time

General
Jan 7, 2022
The best motorsport moments of 2021 Plus

The best motorsport moments of 2021

Motorsport produced one of its greatest years of all-time in 2021 despite a backdrop of ongoing COVID-19 challenges and an ever-changing racing landscape. Through the non-stop action Autosport has collected the finest moments from the past 12 months to highlight the incredible drama and joy motorsport generates

General
Dec 31, 2021
The racing comeback artists who resurrected long-dormant careers Plus

The racing comeback artists who resurrected long-dormant careers

Making it in motorsport can be tough, and sometimes drivers move elsewhere before their best chance arrives. Here are some of those who made it back

General
Dec 26, 2021
The hidden racing gem attracting ex-F1 heroes Plus

The hidden racing gem attracting ex-F1 heroes

It’s rarely mentioned when it comes to assessing the best national contests, but the Brazilian Stock Car series that reaches its climax this weekend has an ever-growing appeal. Its expanding roster of ex-Formula 1 names has helped to draw in new fans, but it's the closeness of competition that keeps them watching

General
Dec 10, 2021
The one-time Schumacher rival rebooting his career Down Under Plus

The one-time Schumacher rival rebooting his career Down Under

Joey Mawson made waves in the middle of the last decade, beating future Haas Formula 1 driver Mick Schumacher - among other highly-rated talents - to the 2016 German F4 title. A run in F1's feeder GP3 category only caused his career to stall, but now back in Australia Mawson's S5000 title success has set that to rights

General
May 8, 2021
The lesson football’s would-be wreckers could learn from racing Plus

The lesson football’s would-be wreckers could learn from racing

OPINION: The greed-driven push for a European Super League that threatened to tear football apart is collapsing at the seams. Motor racing's equivalent, the football-themed Superleague Formula series of 2008-11, was everything that the proposed ESL never could be

General
Apr 21, 2021