Cleveland podium chase ended by mechanical failure Justin was on target for another podium finish at an incident-filled Grand Prix of Cleveland when he suffered mechanical failure with 18 laps to the chequered flag. While Justin ended up ...
Cleveland podium chase ended by mechanical failure
Justin was on target for another podium finish at an incident-filled Grand Prix of Cleveland when he suffered mechanical failure with 18 laps to the chequered flag. While Justin ended up classified 13th, A.J. Allmendinger won his second successive race for Forsythe and Bruno Junqueira and Oriol Servia took surprise podium spots for Newman-Haas and PKV respectively. Justin's RuSPORT team-mate Cristiano da Matta finished the race 20 laps down after making repairs for a broken throttle cable and was classified 14th.
At the start Justin had steered clear of the traditional turn 1 carnage. Amongst other incidents, this brought about the early retirement of Sebastien Bourdais who was fortunate to escape injury when Paul Tracy's Forsythe landed on his cockpit. The stop-start race was riddled with yellow caution periods, but Justin ran consistently amongst the leading pack aided by excellent pit work from his CDW crew. In the closing stages of the race he had saved enough fuel to avoid the need for a final pitstop, but all that was academic when the car suddenly veered off track on lap 77.
"I'm very disappointed because I thought we could have put the #9 CDW car on top of the podium today", lamented Justin. "We had a good car and we were saving fuel. It was going to come down to who could make the mileage at the end and finish without making that last pit stop. I had just got the message that we could make it so it was looking good. But unfortunately something broke in the front of the car and stopped the steering from working."