Justin on pole in Mexico City Justin put his ...
Justin on pole in Mexico City
Justin put his #9 Intel car on pole for Sunday's Champ Car finale in Mexico City, pacing Saturday's qualifying session with a time of 1:26.602, 0.2 seconds clear of Sebastien Bourdais and 0.3 seconds faster than Paul Tracy. With team-mate A.J. Allmendinger's provisional pole in Friday's qualifying session, this is RuSPORT's third front row lockout, having accomplished the same feat at Edmonton and Portland. Justin's Mexico City pole is his second of the season, and this will be his 4th front row start of the year.
An extra point for pole now puts him 11 points ahead of Paul Tracy as they battle for 3rd in the drivers championship.
"We've had an interesting day, up and down", said Justin after the session. "There have been times when we really struggled and there have been times when we just happened to get it right and be quick. Fortunately, we got it right at the end of the session when it counted. On the second run, it came together.
"Every time going through the axis I kept leaning on the car and it felt great. I think tomorrow the pace will be strong, but it will be a long race. We'll have to play it as smart as we can and try to make sure we have a good car tomorrow in warm-up and the same throughout the race."