Fine drive by Justin yields 2nd at Edmonton Justin put in a flawless performance at Edmonton to take 2nd from 3rd on the grid. The gruelling 96 lap race was run at a relentless pace with few yellow flags for respite, but Justin's ...
Fine drive by Justin yields 2nd at Edmonton
Justin put in a flawless performance at Edmonton to take 2nd from 3rd on the grid. The gruelling 96 lap race was run at a relentless pace with few yellow flags for respite, but Justin's #9 CDW machine didn't quite have enough for Sebastien Bourdais and Newman/Haas/Lanigan and the Frenchman took victory by just under 4 seconds. His team-mate, Graham Rahal, who was on Justin's tail for the last 20 laps, rounded out the podium. Justin's RSPORTS team-mate Alex Tagliani had a day to forget, classified 14th after fuel problems and, later, contact with another car.
From Justin's perspective the race was largely uneventful. Although he was passed by Neel Jani (PKV) into Turn 1 at the start, Justin returned the favour a lap later and settled back into 3rd, saving fuel behind Sebastien Bourdais and Will Power. During a full course yellow for debris, the entire field pitted on lap 20. Bourdais had a slow stop, and Power and Justin emerged ahead, with Justin now up to P2. Initially it looked as if Power's Team Australia car had the legs on the #9 CDW car, but by lap 40 Justin had reeled him back in to within a second and he managed to overtake the Australian on lap 48, just before Power pitted.
Justin stayed out a lap longer than Power before pitting on lap 50, but Bourdais managed to go two laps longer than Justin, thus leapfrogging back up into the lead after the pit-stops. In the meantime, further back, Power had been forced to retire with a steering rack problem. Justin was now sandwiched in P2 between the Newman/Haas/Lanigan duo.
After a final pit-stop on Lap 70, during the full course yellow to clear up after Alex Tagliani's contact with Robert Doornbos (Minardi Team USA), the scene was set for a final blast to the finish. Sebastien, Justin and Graham were the only drivers to break the 60 second lap time and, during the final stint, they left the rest of the field for dead, setting a punishing pace and reeling off lap after lap in the 59s bracket.
"It was a long, tough race", agreed Justin. "It was great fun and we gave everything we had, but it wasn't quite enough. The team did a fantastic job all weekend and I'm really pleased to get another podium here at Edmonton for CDW and all our partners."
RSPORTS had additional cause for celebration, as Justin's second podium in a row helped RSPORTS secure 3rd in the Canadian Triple Crown.
The Champ Car World Series now heads back to the streets for a blast around San Jose, California next weekend. Justin provides turn-by-turn commentary around this short but tricky circuit in View from the cockpit - now showing on JW TV.