Justin 15th on Edmonton grid after quali miscue
Justin will start from 15th in Sunday’s Edmonton Indy in the No. 22 Z-Line Designs car after a first round qualifying gamble backfired. Takuma Sato took pole position for KV Racing Technology (1:18.517s) and Will Power (Team Penske) will line up alongside him on the front row. Ana Beatriz (No. 24 Ipiranga, 1:20.986s) will start from 26th in the other Dreyer & Reinbold Racing entry.
Fifteen minutes were available in the first qualifying round and Justin and a number of the other leading Group 1 runners remained on pit-lane for around 9 minutes, waiting for the track to grip up before making their run. But no sooner had they left pit-lane than a yellow caution flag flew and, with only 4 minutes of green time to go until the end of the session, Justin still hadn’t been able to record a single timed lap. Making it into the top-6 and going forward to the second round would be all about who could get their tyres up to temperature quick enough. That proved problematic for the No. 22 Z-Line Designs car, leaving Justin 8th in the session (1:19.073s) and done for the day.
“We shot ourselves in the foot big time,” lamented Justin. “We were all trying to outsmart each other, waiting for the track grip to be at its peak when we were setting our fastest lap, but that didn’t allow for a yellow. We struggled to get the tyres up to temperature so we weren’t getting up to speed as quickly as we’d have liked in the short time available at the end and the car was a real handful. The Z-Line Designs car’s pretty fast, so we’ll see what we can make of it in the race tomorrow.”