Justin fought a hard race at the Grand Prix of Portland to come away with 2nd place after battling it out with race winner A.J. Allmendinger for much of the 105 lap event. The result was the fourth time Justin had taken 2nd place in five races and...
Justin fought a hard race at the Grand Prix of Portland to come away with 2nd place after battling it out with race winner A.J. Allmendinger for much of the 105 lap event. The result was the fourth time Justin had taken 2nd place in five races and he held off Championship points leader Sebastien Bourdais who took the final podium spot. Justin's RuSPORT team-mate Cristiano da Matta took 5th place in his first race for the team.
Taking advantage of a messy start Justin made up ground immediately and followed his former team-mate A.J. and fellow Briton Dan Clarke through turn 1. After saving fuel in the first stint he moved up to 2nd place and was then able to push the #9 CDW car hard to close the 8 second gap to A.J. By lap 65 Justin was less than a second away, but as he tried to pass at turn 1 he locked up under braking, flat-spotting his front right tyre. The resulting vibration took the edge off his pace and he came in early for his final pit-stop to take on fresh rubber. The last stint was a flat-out qualifying-style race to the chequered flag, with Justin holding off Sebastien but unable to take another shot at A.J. who took a well-deserved maiden victory in his first race for Forsythe.
"The entire #9 CDW team worked extremely hard all weekend and I'm pleased with the result", said Justin. "After the first stops it seemed like we did 105 laps of qualifying pace - every lap was flat. I got very close to making a move on A.J. in turn 1 and locked up the right front for some reason. We decided to pit early and that caused us to have a long last stint which ultimately hurt us. Fortunately I was able to stay ahead of Sebastien and claim second place".
The Champ Car circus moves on to Cleveland, Ohio for another race next weekend where Justin has high hopes of a good result.