Wheel bearing failure ends Justin's race at Kentucky Speedway Justin was classified 21st at the Meijer Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway after a wheel bearing failure finished his race early. Victory went to Ryan Briscoe (Team Penske) ahead of Ed ...
Wheel bearing failure ends Justin's race at Kentucky Speedway
Justin was classified 21st at the Meijer Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway after a wheel bearing failure finished his race early. Victory went to Ryan Briscoe (Team Penske) ahead of Ed Carpenter (Vision Racing) with Tony Kanaan (Andretti Green Racing) completing the podium visitors.
Surface water had prevented any action on Friday, with Justin and the Dale Coyne Racing team finally getting some track time at Kentucky Speedway about four hours before the race was due to start. At the end of his 51 practice laps, Justin had been 19th fastest of the 23 cars, and about 3.6 mph slower than the leader. With little time to understand how the #18 Z-Line Designs cars was performing, it pointed to a very challenging evening ahead.
When it came to the race, the green flag was waved around 25 minutes before schedule to counter the risk from rain clouds building in the west. Starting from the fourth row, a position determined according to entrant points, Justin soon slipped a few places as faster cars behind him found their natural speed. Maintaining his position in mid-pack, Justin came in for his first stop on Lap 47. By the time he took his second stop, for tyres and fuel on Lap 97, the car was in 13th but had fallen a lap down.
Any hopes of a decent points haul were dashed on Lap 120, just under an hour into the race, when yellow smoke was reported coming from the #18 car. Justin brought out the first caution period of the race as he nursed the Dale Coyne Racing machine back to the pits but when the right rear wheel bearing problem was diagnosed, retirement was inevitable.
" I felt good out there today," said Justin. We were running a decent race and even though there wasn't a lot of track time over the weekend, we learned a bit more about running on ovals. I'm disappointed to have finished in the way we did, but now I'm looking forward to the next race".
The IndyCar Series now moves to the permanent road course at Mid-Ohio for next Sunday's Honda Indy 200.