Indy 500: Justin Wilson race report

Disappointing end to Justin's promising Indy 500 debut Justin's first Indianapolis 500 ended prematurely when he made contact with the wall on Lap 133, losing the rear wing from the No. 02 McDonald's car. The disappointing end followed a strong...

Disappointing end to Justin's promising Indy 500 debut

Justin's first Indianapolis 500 ended prematurely when he made contact with the wall on Lap 133, losing the rear wing from the No. 02 McDonald's car. The disappointing end followed a strong performance which saw him running comfortably in the midfield and aiming for the top-10.

"The Newman/Haas/Lanigan team has done such a great job," said Justin. "They have worked so hard and being here at Indy has been a great experience. I'm just disappointed I didn't make it to the end."

Justin, who ran as high as second place after an early switch to an alternate pit strategy, was 16th and on the lead lap when he span and made contact with the SAFER barrier. "I lost the rear coming out of Turn 1," he explained. "The McDonald's car felt good, but I was trying to experiment with a few different lines to see if I could get a better run on people. I was finding that the car would wash out on the exit of the corner and I'd have to lift off which made it difficult to pass. I felt the back lighten up so I came off the throttle and this time it just slowly came around and next thing I know I'm going backwards. I tried to keep it out of the wall, but just ran out of real estate."

Scott Dixon won the race for Chip Ganassi Racing. Out of the 33 starters, 21 cars were running at the chequered flag. Justin was classified 27th while team-mate Graham Rahal finished 33rd after suffering contact of his own earlier in the race.

-credit: justinwilson.co.uk

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Scott Dixon , Graham Rahal , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing