Justin rues engine failure at Grand Prix of Long Beach
After dominating qualifying for Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the race itself was a bitter disappointment for Justin and Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing. An engine failure in the No. 02 McDonald's car forced an early retirement on Lap 13. At the time, Justin was running in a comfortable second place and chasing KV Technology Racing's Will Power who had made up three places at the start to take the lead from Justin into Turn 1.
The Australian went on to win the race, with Franck Montagny (Forsythe Pettit Racing) and Mario Dominguez (Pacific Coast Motorsport) rounding out the podium. As one of the early casualties from the race, Justin was classified 19th. His NHLR team-mate Graham Rahal also endured a difficult race and was classified 13th at the finish.
"We'd hoped to win here, and at the very least get a good points haul, so it's really disappointing", said Justin. "I knew there was something wrong fairly early on, because I was finding it a real struggle to hit my fuel mileage target. Then we lost a cylinder and finally it gave up the ghost coming down the front straight. It's a missed opportunity, but we'll just have to put it behind us and re-focus on finding a good set-up on the Dallara at Kansas."
Justin will be briefly re-united with wife Julia and baby daughter Jane in Colorado before heading to the 1.5 mile Kansas Speedway oval for Round 4 of the 2008 IndyCar Series next Sunday.