Justin secured his first top-five qualification of the 2005 Champ Car season with RuSPORT for Sunday's 31st annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. His lap of 1:07.919 (104.312-mph) in the #9 SanDisk car helped place both of the team's cars in the top-ten and gives Justin a third-row start in his second Long Beach Grand Prix. At last year's race, Justin delivered the highest rookie finish with a 6th-place result.
Justin has been at the sharp end of the timesheets all weekend, and is pleased with progress so far. "I'm very happy overall with the first outing with the SanDisk/RuSPORT team. We qualified 5th, we've been quick all weekend, and we're always right there at the right end of the grid. We've got the speed and consistency to deliver a great result, so I'm looking forward to tomorrow's race."
Jeremy Dale, Team President of RuSPORT, was also content with the way things are shaping up. "The guys on the #9 SanDisk car are really closing in on the top of the time sheets and they've put a really good race car on the track every day. The field really stepped up today with Paul Tracy setting a new track record, and Justin stepped up to meet the times. It's easy to look at 5th and be disappointed, but when Justin is delivering fast speeds and consistently good laps, it's just what we need to translate that into a podium finish."