Homestead: Justin Wilson qualifying report

Justin to start 17th in season opener at Homestead, Miami In yesterday's qualifying for the GAINSCO Auto Insurance Indy 300 at Homestead, Florida, Justin posted an average speed of 208.757 mph over his four qualifying laps. The breakdown was:...

Justin to start 17th in season opener at Homestead, Miami

In yesterday's qualifying for the GAINSCO Auto Insurance Indy 300 at Homestead, Florida, Justin posted an average speed of 208.757 mph over his four qualifying laps. The breakdown was: L1: 208.695, L2: 208.735, L3: 205.881, L4: 208.716. This puts the #02 McDonald's car 17th fastest of the 25 cars taking part, and makes Justin the highest placed rookie from the former Champ Car contingent.

Pole position will be occupied by Scott Dixon of Target Chip Ganassi Racing, who averaged 213.341mph.

With the car only available to test earlier this week, Justin had not had much time to get to know the McDonald's Newman/Haas/Lanigan machine. In the circumstances he is pleased to have had a respectable run and now looks forward to improving the car ahead of Saturday night's race.

Justin commented: "The transition to the IndyCar Series has been tough, especially for all of the mechanics and crew that have worked flat out for the last four weeks. I'm very pleased and proud of them for what they've done and I'm also happy to have gotten the first qualifying out of the way. It wasn't quick enough but we are working on the car to make it faster. Right now I am just happy to have made that start and get one qualifying session behind me. We're taking it one step at a time. Every mile and lap we do helps us get closer to our goal of running in the front. The McDonald's car has gone backwards and forwards. The first session went very well, but in the afternoon session we had a lot of oversteer and I wasn't very comfortable. For qualifying, we managed to get it back to neutral and it felt very good but I don't think it was that quick. I was just trying to make sure I was flat for all four laps and after that it is a case of seeing where we end up. I ran the shortest distance with the least amount of scrub that I could get away with. I know it's just a case of needing time to work on everything. I have a lot of confidence in the team behind me. We'll get quicker as the season goes on."

-credit: justinwilson.co.uk

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