Justin qualifies 3rd for Grand Prix of Houston Justin and the CDW/RSPORTS team took to the track on Saturday with renewed confidence after their strong showing in Friday's first qualifying. With the street circuit rubbering in, and getting...
Justin qualifies 3rd for Grand Prix of Houston
Justin and the CDW/RSPORTS team took to the track on Saturday with renewed confidence after their strong showing in Friday's first qualifying. With the street circuit rubbering in, and getting faster with every lap, a key challenge was to keep on top of the evolving track conditions with every set-up change. Justin was 3rd fastest in the morning practice session and made that stick in final qualifying, running both stints on the softer red Bridgestone tyres. Unfortunately the session was red-flagged right at the end, just at the point when Justin had found some space in traffic and was getting into the groove. But he's happy with the way the weekend's going and is confident there's more still to come from the #9 car.
Justin's lap of 57.533sec (105.310mph) puts him on the second row of the grid for Sunday's race, behind polesitter Sebastien Bourdais for Newman/Haas/Lanigan (57.242sec) and Team Australia's Will Power (57.405sec) and alongside PKV's Neel Jani. His RSPORTS team-mate Alex Tagliani struggled to find a comfortable balance in the #8 LXN2 car and qualified P11.
"I'm very pleased with the progress we're making", said Justin. "Every session this year we've understood the car a bit more. We're getting stronger all the time. Hopefully it will continue and we can have a good race tomorrow. Getting a clear lap in qualifying is very difficult. On lap 12, I got one and put in quite a good time, but I knew there was plenty more in it. We found at Long Beach we could race very well, but when you start in the middle it's very hard to improve. Here, starting at the front, I hope we can have a good race tomorrow for CDW and finish at least on the podium, if not somewhere near the top."