Justin takes provisional pole in Portland Justin and the ...
Justin takes provisional pole in Portland
Justin and the #9 CDW RSPORTS team bounced back from their disappointing start to the season with a commanding performance in first qualifying for Sunday's Grand Prix of Portland. After posting the third fastest time in the morning practice session, Justin was second fastest in the pre-qualifying warm-up and he went on to top the timesheets on both of his qualifying stints and take provisional pole.
Justin's fastest lap of 58.000 seconds (121.903 mph) on the softer red Bridgestone tyres was two tenths of a second faster than Dutchman Robert Doornbos (Minardi Team USA) and three tenths ahead of Newman Haas Lanigan's Sebastien Bourdais. The result guarantees Justin a front row start for Sunday's race as well as a championship point.
The weather forecast for the rest of the weekend is uncertain, and there's a chance of rain on Saturday and Sunday. Justin may already have done enough to secure pole, but he feels there's more speed to come from the car if final qualifying stays dry.
"Everything went well for us today", said a delighted Justin. "I'm really happy with the way the #9 CDW/RSPORTS team is working and improving - we're getting stronger all the time. The lap felt good. We had some traffic, but we managed to put one lap together on the option tyres which was enough. We've still got some more in reserve for tomorrow."