Justin celebrates well-deserved podium in San Jose Justin and the ...
Justin celebrates well-deserved podium in San Jose
Justin and the #9 CDW team put in an excellent performance at the San Jose Grand Prix, bouncing back from 12th on the grid to take 3rd at the chequered flag. Team-mate Cristiano da Matta was 2nd, making it RuSPORT's second double podium of the year, while Sebastien Bourdais won the race for Newman-Haas.
After struggling with the car's handling in the practice sessions, come Sunday the #9 car had decent race pace. Justin drove a faultless race while a number of others - including both Forsythe drivers - tangled with other cars or the tyre barriers. This, together with great pit work by the CDW team and a few good overtaking moves, allowed Justin to work his way through the field and onto the podium. He gained a championship point for making up the most places during the race.
The result was Justin's sixth podium from nine races this season and it keeps him firmly in the hunt for the drivers championship. He remains in second place, 31 points behind Sebastien, but extends his lead over A.J. Allmendinger to 14 points.
"Yesterday's crash really hurt my pride more than anything - I can't remember the last time I put a car in the wall on my own!" said Justin. "I'm really pleased with the way the #9 CDW team bounced back and gave me the opportunity to get on the podium. I managed to avoid a lot of incidents and the pit-stops worked out well for us. I'm really happy for Cristiano as well. To get both cars on the podium is fantastic for RuSPORT and CDW."