Justin pleased with 3rd at Molson Indy Montreal A strong drive and good pit work allowed Justin to claim his second Champ Car podium of the season for RuSPORT as he finished 3rd in the ...
Justin pleased with 3rd at Molson Indy Montreal
A strong drive and good pit work allowed Justin to claim his second Champ Car podium of the season for RuSPORT as he finished 3rd in the #9 CDW car at an exciting Molson Indy Montreal. This followed a 3rd place qualifying performance that was all the more impressive because Justin had little running in Saturday morning practice due to mechanical problems.
The 79-lap race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve got off to a clean start with all of the front-runners maintaining their positions. During the first ten laps Justin stayed close to the leading Newman-Haas cars, keeping to within half a second of 2nd place man Oriol Servia. On lap 14, he swept passed the Spaniard down to the final chicane to take 2nd. Justin stayed in 2nd for the next 50 laps, keeping in touch with race leader Sebastien Bourdais.
After the final pit-stops under full course yellow on lap 60 Justin was still in 2nd place, this time behind Timo Glock who had lucked into the lead by pitting before the caution. Behind Justin, Oriol Servia was in 3rd, followed by Sebastien Bourdais who had suffered a slow pit-stop. On the re-start on lap 64, Servia made a late pass on Justin at the final chicane, and though he got by he struggled to make it stick and both drivers ended up cutting the corner. The loss of momentum allowed Bourdais to slip through as well, and in the blink of an eye Justin was down to 4th. Determined not to leave things at that, Justin put the hammer down, chasing down Bourdais and taking back 3rd place on lap 71. He went after Servia next, but couldn't get close enough before the chequered flag. A late penalty to Glock for cutting the final chicane meant that Servia won the race, with Glock 2nd and Justin 3rd. Justin retains 4th place in the Championship standings.
Justin's team-mate A.J. Allmendinger was looking good for a top five finish before his fortunes took a dive when he picked up a puncture from Ricardo Sperafico's rear wing failure on lap 58. The American managed to claw his way back to 9th by the finish and moves up to 5th place in the standings.
Speaking after the race, Justin was pleased with the podium result, particularly after the difficulties in Saturday's practice session. 'It was a great result for CDW and the RuSPORT team. I'm very excited to be on the podium again. We've worked hard all weekend to make sure we're competitive and even when we had problems we bounced back pretty quickly. I've got to thank the guys, because they've worked hard all weekend and the pit stops were fantastic. At the end of the day, we had a good race car and I think we did everything that we could have done.'
The next round of the Champ Car World Series sees the cars return to oval racing, under the floodlights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday 24th September.