Justin qualifies 13th at Homestead-Miami Speedway
Justin and Dale Coyne Racing qualified a solid 13th for Saturday's IndyCar Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. After a successful pre-race test the team had hoped for more, but soaring temperatures in South Florida meant the 1.5 mile oval offered much less grip than a week ago. Justin recorded a four-lap average speed of 210.420mph to line up on the 7th row.
"I'm fairly happy with our performance in qualifying," said Justin. "Up until then it had been a difficult day. The Z-Line Designs car was good in the test so we came here expecting to be on the pace. Whether it was hotter or something else the car was a real handful today, but we worked through it and made some good progress towards the end of practice. The car was running pretty free in qualifying, so it was a tense four laps out there, but I was able to make it stick. We're hoping for a good race tomorrow."
Dario Franchitti took pole position for Chip Ganassi Racing (212.696 mph) to move one point closer to Championship leader and team-mate Scott Dixon who starts alongside him on the front row. Ryan Briscoe (Team Penske), the third title combatant, qualified just behind them, setting the scene for a thrilling conclusion to the 2009 season.