Top-10 for Justin at Watkins Glen Justin and Dreyer & Reinbold came to Watkins Glen with high hopes of repeating Justin's 2009 race winning performance in the Z-Line Designs car, but had to settle for 10th after struggling with a lack of front...
Top-10 for Justin at Watkins Glen
Justin and Dreyer & Reinbold came to Watkins Glen with high hopes of repeating Justin's 2009 race winning performance in the Z-Line Designs car, but had to settle for 10th after struggling with a lack of front grip in the first stint. Will Power took victory and Ryan Briscoe was runner up for a Team Penske 1-2, with Dario Franchitti (Chip Ganassi Racing) rounding out the podium in 3rd.
Justin's race started cleanly and he spent the first few laps dicing with Scott Dixon for 5th position. By Lap 10 he was running in 4th, but the initial pace of the softer, red Firestones dropped off rapidly after that. By the time he pitted on Lap 18 the No. 22 Z-Line Designs car had too little front grip and Justin had dropped back to 9th. He lost further positions during the pit-stop as the team added more front wing and emerged in P13. After that Justin was playing catch-up, but, with a constant eye on fuel mileage throughout the race, he was never able to run flat out for long enough to make up substantial ground.
"It was a lot of work to finish 10th today," said Justin. "Everybody on the Z-Line Designs car worked hard, but we were fighting all the way through just trying to make something happen. The Firestone reds were graining pretty badly during that first stint, but that was the gamble we made starting on them. Unfortunately we lost several more spots in that first pit-stop which put us on the back foot. After that we were just working hard to make those positions back and move forward. We were reasonably quick, but just had too much work to do. We're looking forward to Toronto now."
The IZOD IndyCar Series is back on track in Toronto -- scene of Justin's first North American open wheel victory - on July 18th.