Kansas: Justin Wilson qualifying report

Justin qualifies 22nd at Kansas Speedway Justin will start from 22nd in Sunday's Road Runner Turbo 300 Indy at Kansas Speedway after his qualifying effort in the No. 02 McDonald's car yielded an average speed over four laps of 209.405 mph. His...

Justin qualifies 22nd at Kansas Speedway

Justin will start from 22nd in Sunday's Road Runner Turbo 300 Indy at Kansas Speedway after his qualifying effort in the No. 02 McDonald's car yielded an average speed over four laps of 209.405 mph. His Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing team-mate Graham Rahal qualified 20th with a four-lap average speed of 209.799 mph. Scott Dixon took pole for Chip Ganassi Racing (213.956 mph).

The 26 drivers took to the track one at a time to run their four laps and Justin was scheduled to go first. After a gearbox problem during the second practice session it was a race against time to have the car ready. "On the last lap of the practice session the car jumped from fifth gear down to third," explained Justin. "It was close in terms of timing to get to qualifying, but the McDonald's crew did a great job of getting some parts changed inside the gearbox."

Qualifying position is relatively unimportant at Kansas Speedway and last year's race showed how it's possible to come through the field to score a good finish. "Qualifying was straightforward and the result was pretty much what we expected", said Justin. "It's kind of difficult being first out, but I'm just very pleased that the McDonald's team was able to qualify today despite the gear issue. I had the throttle wide open and the car was working well. So I'm quite pleased with qualifying, but a bit frustrated because I think we can be a lot better in the race tomorrow."

-credit: justinwilson.co.uk

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