The result was a strong follow up to Wilson’s run to third at the track in Saturday’s opening race of the doubleheader weekend.
Houston, Texas (6 October 2013) – Justin Wilson scored his fourth consecutive top-four IZOD IndyCar Series finish for Dale Coyne Racing as he drove the Honda-powered No. 19 Boy Scouts of America entry to a fourth place finish in the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix on Sunday in Houston.
On Sunday morning, rain caused a cancellation of qualifying with Wilson starting Sunday’s race from sixth on the championship points-based grid. The standing start saw him move up to run fourth early on in the 90-lap event.
The Houston race saw eight caution periods, including a slowdown on the final lap for a dramatic incident involving Dario Franchitti and Takuma Sato. But through the multiple restarts as well as his two quick pit stops from the Dale Coyne Racing crew, Wilson never faltered from top-six contention. He improved his speed all race long and only came up a few car lengths short of a return to the podium.
“The track today was pretty good-it started out pretty slick but as it rubbered up, the grip got better and it got very fast,” said Wilson. “We were pushing harder and harder, every lap. It was a lot of fun, but it certainly feels like there are more bumps on day two! It’s physical, it’s tough. I want to thank everyone on the Boy Scouts of America team--we had great pit stops, strategy, and a great car. I’m pleased to be back in the top-five again.”
After having moved from 14th to third on Saturday, an improved starting position portended an even stronger finish. While Wilson had been aiming for another champagne-soaked afternoon, and scoring the bespoke cowboy boots that are awarded the podium finishers, he was pleased to have two very strong race outings as the championship tally matters most.
“We were hoping to be in a position to fight for a win but Scott (Dixon) and Will (Power), they just took it to another level today,” said Wilson. “I was pushing James (Hinchcliffe) the entire way, but he didn’t make any mistakes. All in all, it was a great weekend with two top-fives. Obviously, thinking of Dario and the fans, hope all are ok.”
The strong double-result weekend should see Wilson continue to bolster his championship situation, with the final race of the season at the AAA Speedway set to close the book on the 2013 season in two weeks’ time.
“I’m looking forward to Fontana, we were good at the test. I think there is more to come,” added Wilson. “We will go there looking for the same kind of result. We want to go out there and attack and who knows, maybe come out of there with another win.”
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