Justin endured a difficult final qualifying session at Road America, with the ...
Justin endured a difficult final qualifying session at Road America, with the #9 CDW car languishing in the bottom half of the timesheets and ending up just 13th fastest in the session (1:44.050s). He will line up 10th for Sunday's race by virtue of his quicker time from Friday's provisional qualifying session.
Justin ran both stints on the softer, red-sidewalled Bridgstones, but - unusually - that approach backfired. "The #9 CDW car just wasn't suited for the red tyres today", explained Justin. "They just made the car more difficult to drive, and we never had the chance to improve our time today. It is a shame, as we thought saving the reds would help us be quicker, but that wasn't the case for us here today."
Sebastien Bourdais took pole position in emphatic style for Newman/Haas/Lanigan with a 1:41.535s lap that was 1.5s faster than 2nd quickest man Robert Doornbos (Minardi Team USA, 1:43.134s) who will start from 3rd on the grid. Like Justin, Will Power (Team Australia) also struggled by running both sets of reds in final qualifying, but his quick Friday time of 1:43.116 was good enough for a front row starting spot alongside Bourdais.
The CDW/RSPORTS team will now focus on finding a competitive pace and strategy for Sunday's race. "We have to take what we've got and start to work on a way to get to the front during the race", said Justin. "I just hope that we can put together a good plan and have a clean race with the #9 CDW car tomorrow."