Another trying day at Cleveland Saturday's final qualifying for the Grand Prix of Cleveland proved to be another challenging session for Justin. He had a promising morning practice posting the 3rd fastest time and further improvements to ...
Another trying day at Cleveland
Saturday's final qualifying for the Grand Prix of Cleveland proved to be another challenging session for Justin. He had a promising morning practice posting the 3rd fastest time and further improvements to the car's handling saw him run 2nd fastest in the pre-qualifying practice. Trouble struck in qualifying itself when Justin's #9 car got loose into Turn 4 and an off-road excursion left the car with a damaged front wing and bent front wishbone. Although Justin was able to bring the car back to the pits, the team were unable to get it repaired in time to go back out and set another quick time.
Debris from Justin's car caused a red flag penalty, which meant he lost his fastest lap time and had to rely on his best time from Friday's first qualifying session to determine his grid position. With a lot more rubber down, the track was significantly faster than Friday and the penalty had severe consequences - Justin lines up 16th for the race.
Justin was naturally disappointed with the turn of events, but remains determined to make the best of his car's improved pace over the 97-lap race on Sunday. "It's unfortunate because we were 2nd quickest in the pre-qualifying practice. My guys worked really hard, but we just couldn't get the car back out. The thing to do now is really focus on getting a good race car so that we can make some progress during the race tomorrow. It's good that Cleveland lends itself to a few more opportunities for passing."