Justin pleased with 5th in Toronto After dominating proceedings a week ago at Watkins Glen - and picking up the Firestone Tire-ific Move of the Race for that achievement - Justin's hopes for a follow-up podium at Toronto fell just out of reach....
Justin pleased with 5th in Toronto
After dominating proceedings a week ago at Watkins Glen - and picking up the Firestone Tire-ific Move of the Race for that achievement - Justin's hopes for a follow-up podium at Toronto fell just out of reach. On a hot and slippery track that caught out many other drivers, he kept his head down to stay out of trouble and bring the #18 Z-Line Designs entry home in 5th place. Dario Franchitti took victory for Chip Ganassi Racing, with Ryan Briscoe and Will Power rounding out the podium for Team Penske. Justin's solid points haul from this weekend moves him up to 9th in the championship standings.
Justin started from 4th on the grid, but lost out in the first lap melee into Turn 3 and dropped back to 7th position. When the first of five yellow flag cautions came out a few laps later he made an early pit-stop on Lap 10 and switched to an alternate fuel strategy in an effort to make up lost ground. The gamble paid off: after his second and final stop on Lap 49 many of those in front of him were forced to pit under yellow, vaulting Justin back up to 5th. When Paul Tracy (KV Racing) and Helio Castroneves (Team Penske) tangled in front of him on Lap 66 Justin moved up into 3rd place.
The alternate fuel strategy worked out in terms of track position, but required a long final stint with two key trade-offs: the need to save fuel for longer and a lack of fresh rubber in the closing stages. Will Power got past Justin on his softer red Firestones on Lap 71 for 3rd, and Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing) outdragged Justin down the backstretch on Lap 79, getting round him through Turn 3 and dropping him back to 5th. Justin stayed in touch all the way to the end, setting the third fastest race lap on Lap 82, but couldn't get close enough to regain 4th before the chequered flag fell on Lap 85.
"Today was a tough race and it was all about survival," said Justin. "There was a lot going on and I was looking to stay out of trouble. The track was very slippery and people were getting caught out. The #18 Z-Line Designs car was good and the guys did a great job on both my stops. My race was a contrast with last week at Watkins Glen, but overall I have to be pleased with a top five for the Dale Coyne Racing car."
With his younger brother Stefan taking 4th place in Saturday's Indy Lights event - driving one-handed for part of the race due to a broken seat - both Wilson brothers showed how to stay cool and make the best of the circumstances.
"Stef was 4th in his Indy Lights race yesterday, so it hasn't been a bad weekend," added Justin. "Now I'm looking forward to a weekend off before Edmonton, where my aim is to run at the front of the field. I want to get another win."