Justin got his weekend off to a solid start in first qualifying for the Grand Prix of Denver, posting the 4th fastest lap (60.991s, 97.805 mph) in the ...
Justin got his weekend off to a solid start in first qualifying for the Grand Prix of Denver, posting the 4th fastest lap (60.991s, 97.805 mph) in the #9 CDW car, but the Forsythe and Newman-Haas teams had the edge in the first session. Forsythe's A.J. Allmendinger took provisional pole with a time of 60.714s, Sebastien Bourdais was 2nd fastest (60.763s) for Newman-Haas, while Alex Tagliani pipped Justin to 3rd spot by three thousandths of a second with his time of 60.988s. Forsythe's Paul Tracy had set the fastest time in morning practice, but didn't feature in qualifying after he crashed at Turn 4 only five minutes into the session.
"Today wasn't too bad, but we were hoping to do a little better," said Justin. "The track doesn't have much grip, and we're sliding around a lot. We just need to find more balance and a bit more grip for tomorrow. We'll keep working at it, and hopefully turn in a better result in final qualifying."
While the racing goes on, the Champ Car community is showing its support for Cristiano da Matta who continues to recover in intensive care following his horrific testing accident last week in Road America. All of the cars are sporting "Kiki Push Please" stickers, a large banner is available for well-wishers to sign and the organisers are planning a get well "shout out" from the crowd as part of the pre-race ceremonies on Sunday.