After a disappointing Friday qualifying the hope was that Justin would be closer to the sharp end of the grid come Saturday, but instead he had a torrid time and will start from a lowly 12th position in Sunday's San Jose Grand Prix. Justin and...
After a disappointing Friday qualifying the hope was that Justin would be closer to the sharp end of the grid come Saturday, but instead he had a torrid time and will start from a lowly 12th position in Sunday's San Jose Grand Prix.
Justin and the CDW RuSPORT team struggled to improve the car's handling in the morning practice session, but found themselves on the back foot after Justin understeered into the tyres at Turn 2 at the end of the final practice session, causing damage to the front suspension. With less than 10 minutes to go in final qualifying the #9 crew got Justin out on track in the spare car, but he was back in the pits soon after when the session was halted to remove another stricken car. Fortunately he was able to squeeze in two more flying laps before the end of the session and improved his time to 50.341s (103.192 mph).
Sebastien Bourdais took pole (48.989s) and will start alongside Paul Tracy who guaranteed that slot by virtue of taking provisional pole on Friday. Justin's other main championship rival, A.J. Allmendinger (49.264s) and his team-mate Cristiano da Matta (49.659s) will start from the second row. Justin has a mountain to climb to reach the podium, but will be going all out to salvage what he can from Sunday's race.
"The CDW crew did a good job getting the spare car ready for qualifying after I made a mistake at the end of warm-up and put it in the tyres", said Justin. "It's times like this when they really step up to the plate, and they were impressive today. I'm just disappointed that I made a mistake and damaged the car. It cost us quite a bit in track position, which is one thing we didn't want to do, but we just need to go and make the best of a bad job now."