Allmendinger sets track record

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:35 IST

AJ Allmendinger helped celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Grand Prix of Cleveland by setting a track record on Saturday.

Allmendinger sets track record

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AJ Allmendinger helped celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Grand Prix of Cleveland by setting a track record on Saturday.He won the pole with a lap of 56.283 seconds at a speed of 134.705 mph. Jimmy Vasser had held the qualifying record of 56.417 seconds and 134.385 mph since 1998."That lap was close to being as good as I can get," Allmendinger said.Bright potentialIt's the second career pole and first of the year for the 2004 rookie of the year, who finally seems to be reaching his potential. He got his first win in Portland, Oregon, last Sunday after he was fired by RuSport and hired by Forsythe Championship Racing.Members of Allmendinger's pit crew excitedly patted him on the helmet and embraced him as he got out of his car."I'm really happy right now, really having a lot of fun with the whole Forsythe team," he said. Sebastien Bourdais came close to the record (56.638). Allmendinger set the record on his 14th and final lap, running a car with 200 horsepower less than the one Vasser used eight years ago.He credited his team with giving him a solid car and noted the track conditions at Burke Lakefront Airport, which were ideal.Race weekend is typically a sweltering one in Cleveland with temperatures reaching the 90s. Saturday's temperature was a breezy 69 degrees on the shore of Lake Erie. (AP)



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