Justin battles to 7th at Milwaukee Mile Justin finished in a strong 7th position in the ABC Supply / A.J. Foyt 225 at the Milwaukee Mile on Sunday. Starting from 22nd after a difficult qualifying session, the No. 02 McDonald's car was much ...
Justin battles to 7th at Milwaukee Mile
Justin finished in a strong 7th position in the ABC Supply / A.J. Foyt 225 at the Milwaukee Mile on Sunday. Starting from 22nd after a difficult qualifying session, the No. 02 McDonald's car was much more competitive on race day. But the result was hard fought and Justin was forced to battle his way through the field more than once, after losing places to avoid contact with Oriol Servia (KV Racing) in the opening laps and, later in the race, when he was forced to pit during an untimely caution period.
Ryan Briscoe won the race for Team Penske, Scott Dixon finished second (Chip Ganassi Racing) and Tony Kanaan was third (Andretti Green Racing). Justin's Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing team-mate Graham Rahal crashed out of the race on Lap 130 while running in third position. The race ended under caution after a multi-car accident between Marco Andretti (Andretti Green Racing), Ed Carpenter (Vision Racing) and Vitor Meira (Panther Racing) three laps before the chequered flag.
"The McDonald's car was much better in the race and the team did a great job, but it was a hectic race," said Justin. "On the first lap I'd passed a load of cars and I was coming out of the inside of Turn 4 when Servia came from the outside across the front of me and into the pit lane. I had to hit the brakes and went back to last place so I wasn't too happy about that."
After that, Justin worked his way back through the field, and by Lap 108 he was running comfortably in 9th place and poised for further gains. "We kept battling on and I was very pleased with progress," he explained. "We were inside the top-10 and were due to pit and had begun the countdown. That's when Graham had his accident and they closed the pits. We had a choice: come in on a closed pit or run out of fuel."
Forced to enter a closed pit, the McDonald's car could only take on a splash of fuel and needed an additional stop for more fuel and tyres. "That put us back to 14th and last on the lead lap," lamented Justin. "And it got us lapped on the next stint even though we were moving forward again, because we were at the back of the line. After that we kept pushing and trying to move forward. We did it and got back to seventh. It was a busy race, but everybody did a good job."
The IndyCar Series now heads south to Texas Motor Speedway for next Saturday night's Bombardier Learjet 550.