Justin satisfied with 4th at San Jose A combination of skilful driving and great pit work by the ...
Justin satisfied with 4th at San Jose
A combination of skilful driving and great pit work by the #9 Intel crew brought Justin his fifth 4th place finish of the season at the inaugural Grand Prix of San Jose. The punishing 93-lap race around the tight, bumpy circuit claimed 9 victims either to contact with the concrete walls or mechanical failure, team-mate A.J. Allmendinger among them.
Justin started the race in 9th, having struggled to find a good set-up for his car during practice and qualifying. Typically, he fought a determined race, staying out of trouble and positioning himself to take full advantage of his two pit-stops, both of which saw the leading pack scrambling in for fuel and tyres under full course yellows. At the first stops on Lap 28 RuSPORT's pit work got him out ahead of Timo Glock. Later, on Lap 60, another excellent stop by the #9 crew allowed Justin to get past Mario Dominguez. The final ten laps of the race saw a fierce battle between Oriol Servia in 3rd, hounded by Justin in 4th, who in turn had Mario Dominguez biting at his heels as they crossed the finishing line in that order.
Considering the difficulties he'd faced earlier in the weekend, finishing a competitive 4th was a satisfying result. "This wasn't our best track, but we got out of it almost all that we could. The track is so tight and so slippery with virtually no place to overtake. My Intel guys did fantastic pit stops and that gave us a position on each of the stops and that's where you really had to make the moves. A lot of today was about bringing the car home in one piece, and we did that for another top five finish."
The next stop for the Champ Car World Series is RuSPORT's home event around the streets of Denver on 14th August.