St. Pete: Justin Wilson qualifying report

Justin takes Dale Coyne Racing to new heights in St. Pete Justin was 2nd quickest in qualifying for Sunday's Honda Grand Prix of St Petersburg (1:02.460s, 103.746 mph), a nail-biting five hundredths of a second off Graham Rahal's pole position...

Justin takes Dale Coyne Racing to new heights in St. Pete

Justin was 2nd quickest in qualifying for Sunday's Honda Grand Prix of St Petersburg (1:02.460s, 103.746 mph), a nail-biting five hundredths of a second off Graham Rahal's pole position for Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing (1:02.411s, 103.828 mph).

The result was one that Justin and the team could hardly have dreamed of and the achievement was Dale Coyne Racing's best ever open wheel starting position. Yet Justin felt robbed of pole position after his #19 Sonny's Bar-B-Q car was held up on a significantly faster lap by another car.

"It's great that we're second," said Justin. "The Sonny's Bar-B-Q team have worked hard to get to this point and the guys have done a great job. So I'm very pleased, but at the same time I'm very competitive. Getting this result against the big teams makes this a small victory, but I want to be on pole. We had the chance today, but unfortunately we got held up and that ruined our best two laps. We know there's still a lot of potential in there."

Justin had saved his softer, red Firestone tyres from the first qualifying run so that he could use them in the crucial Firestone Fast Six shootout for pole. The softer compound gave a small but significant advantage, but Justin was unable to capitalise on it. "Someone backed off right in front of me, right at the end of the lap, and it ruined two of my best laps," he explained. "I came in, refuelled and managed to go a tenth quicker on the same tyres, but it's pretty hard to do any more on the second run. But I'm pleased for Graham. He's a nice guy and he's had a great day. Hopefully we can have a great day tomorrow."

-credit: justinwilson.co.uk

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Graham Rahal , Dale Coyne
Teams Dale Coyne Racing