Justin Wilson Qualifies 15th for the Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis, Indiana (May 10, 2009) -- The Indianapolis 500 is steeped in history, and qualifying can be as prestigious as running the race. Tradition runs deep in Indianapolis as teams and...
Justin Wilson Qualifies 15th for the Indianapolis 500
Indianapolis, Indiana (May 10, 2009) -- The Indianapolis 500 is steeped in history, and qualifying can be as prestigious as running the race. Tradition runs deep in Indianapolis as teams and drivers ready themselves for running on the edge for four laps.
Indianapolis always seems to bring out a flair for the dramatic during qualifying, and this year was no exception. The #18 Z-Line Designs car was first out of the gate on Saturday and accepted the time. A decision was made to withdraw the car and attempt for a better four-lap average when the winds subsided in the afternoon. Justin's late afternoon attempt just as the closing gun sounded was just two tenth of a mile per hour shy of placing the car in the top 11 spots for the day.
Sunday continued the stellar performance for Dale Coyne Racing driver Justin Wilson in the morning practice as he posted his fastest speed of the month at 223.830, second quickest of the day. At 12:30 p.m. in windy conditions, he posted a four-lap average qualifying speed of 222.903 mph quickest speed of the day, 12th in the overall field. Justin stayed in the 12th position fastest car of the day, until the wind finally died down enough for 3 cars to edge by. The team capitulated withdrawing that time and going back out at 5:30 p.m. but decided against risking a guaranteed position to jump up one row. The 30-year old Brit has secured the 15th starting position (outside row 5) in the running of the 93rd Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 24.
"I was pleased with how the #18 Z-Line Designs car ran today," said Justin Wilson. "I'm happy to be starting in the 15th position and think that I can make a solid run in the race. My team has done an outstanding job this week and the changes we made to the car were all positive. I'm really looking forward to the race."
The Dale Coyne Racing team will now concentrate on setting up the car in race mode. "I think qualifying on the first weekend was a big advantage for us," Wilson said. "We are comfortably in the race and can now start concentrating on working on simulated race runs."
"I'm very proud of Justin and the team's performance today," said owner Dale Coyne. "Every adjustment we made to prepare for qualifying went in the right direction and we were rewarded today with an excellent starting position for Justin."