Justin looks forward to Mid-Ohio Justin is looking forward to a return to road course racing this weekend when he makes his debut on the 2.258 mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, his 10th new track of the season. It will be the team's first trip ...
Justin looks forward to Mid-Ohio
Justin is looking forward to a return to road course racing this weekend when he makes his debut on the 2.258 mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, his 10th new track of the season. It will be the team's first trip to Mid-Ohio as Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing, but as Newman/Haas Racing it raced here as recently as 2003. On their 21 previous visits to the track, the team won three events and took six poles and 11 podiums.
"I drove the Mid-Ohio course on video games years ago and watched last year's race on DVD," said Justin. "From what I've seen it's a fantastic track, a bit like a roller coaster ride with off-camber corners and a lot of elevation changes. It looks physically demanding, but that's what I enjoy and I'm looking forward to it."
After qualifying first (Long Beach), second (Watkins Glen) and third (St. Pete), Justin hopes to challenge for pole position at Mid-Ohio and become the eighth different driver to win in the IndyCar Series this season.
"It would be great for the McDonald's team to pick up our first win," added Justin. "We've been very competitive on the road circuits this year and I don't see why that can't continue. We've got to make sure we do everything right, but if we do that we'll have a chance."
The Mid-Ohio race will be followed less than a week later by a trip to Edmonton, scene of Justin's 2006 victory and one of his favourite tracks.
"Having two road races in a row is going to be good for the team," said Justin. "But it's still a tough schedule and the team is working flat-out to keep up. Even though the cars will stay in the same configuration between Mid-Ohio and Edmonton, there is still quite a lot of work to be done between the two events. The travel time alone to get the equipment from Ohio on Sunday night to Edmonton by Wednesday morning is a factor and that doesn't include the two days needed to prepare the cars for the next race. It's a big challenge, but we're looking forward to these next two races and hopefully we'll come away from them with two great results."
Justin will take to the track at Mid-Ohio during Friday's practice sessions and qualifying takes place on Saturday. The 85-lap Honda Indy 200 starts on Sunday, July 20 at 1:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage on ABC. For UK viewers, Sky Sports 3 has live coverage from 6.30 p.m. BST. As always, fans can follow the action from every on-track session via the official website of the IndyCar Series, www.indycar.com. It will also be broadcast live on IMS Radio Network and XM Radio Channels 144 and 145.