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JUSTICE HAS CAREER BEST FINISH IN INFINEON RACE TWO SONOMA, Calif. -- Sunday's Valley of the Moon 100 at the Infineon Raceway saw Ryan Justice earn his Indy Pro Series career best finish of second with Logan Gomez finishing fourth. Justice ...

JUSTICE HAS CAREER BEST FINISH IN INFINEON RACE TWO

SONOMA, Calif. -- Sunday's Valley of the Moon 100 at the Infineon Raceway saw Ryan Justice earn his Indy Pro Series career best finish of second with Logan Gomez finishing fourth.

Justice started on the pole and led 18 laps of the 30 lap race, but he couldn't hold off eventual race winner Richard Antinucci of Cheever Racing.

Still, the second-place effort is Justice's best, and with the results he's had this year, he's quite happy to take it.

Gomez started third and held onto the front pack for the first portion of the race. In fact, he had one of the fastest laps of the race.

Unfortunately, during the middle stages of the race, he battled an under-steering car and couldn't keep pace. He'd eventually lose a position. He battled back towards the end to keep his car ahead of fifth-place Stephen Simpson.

Alex Lloyd, the 2007 Indy Pro Series champion, experienced his first "DNF" (did not finish) of the season as a problem with the fuel pump wouldn't allow him to even start the race.

Lucky for him, he was able to clinch the championship the day before.

The Infineon double-header will be shown on ESPN2 on Friday, August 31st, at 5:30 p.m. edt. The show will be one-hour long.

The next event on the Indy Pro Series schedule is the season finale at the Chicagoland Speedway on September 9th.

#7 LUCAS OIL/Isilon Systems Driver Alex Lloyd

"I don't know what happened. We couldn't get any power. We just barely started the engine up, and then I tried to pull forward, but it wouldn't go anywhere and just died. I don't know what the problem was which is a same because it looked like a lot of fun out there between myself and Richard (Antinucci). After having won the championship on Saturday, I was so fired up to have an aggressive race and to just go for the win. I think we would have had a car to do it, but that's how racing goes sometimes."

#23 Isilon System/FlaCondos.net Driver Logan Gomez

"I'm pretty happy with the race, especially since it was my first time at this track. We started the weekend 15th in practice, qualified ninth and in the first race we finished sixth. We progressed more and more and we finished fourth today." (About racing at Infineon Raceway): "It's a great facility. I'm happy to be here. The weather's been great and I couldn't ask for much more except some better finishes. Next year, we'll be the car to beat."

#38 LifeLock/LUCAS OIL Driver Ryan Justice

"(Antinucci) was definitely quicker where he needed to be, and that's how he got past. Strategy-wise, I didn't want to let the third-place car catch us if I tried to battle (Antinucci) too long. I just let him go and tried to stay with him as best as I could. The crew did a fantastic job getting my car ready for today, helping me to find some speed, try and hold on to as many positions as we could."

-credit: ssm

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Sam Schmidt , Richard Antinucci , Alex Lloyd , Ryan Justice , Stephen Simpson , Logan Gomez