Justin off to a good start in Surfers Paradise Justin and the ...
Justin off to a good start in Surfers Paradise
Justin and the #9 CDW-RuSPORT team made a flying start to their preparations for Sunday's Lexmark Indy 300 at Surfers Paradise by topping the timesheets during both of Friday's practice sessions. They were hopeful of translating that performance into provisional pole, but the 30 minute qualifying session was interrupted by red flag stoppages for accidents by Sebastien Bourdais (Newman/Haas/Lanigan) mid way through the session, and Alex Tagliani (Rocketsports) with only 3 minutes to go. Justin was consistently in the top 3 throughout the session, but couldn't get a clear lap in when it counted and had to settle for 3rd fastest with a time of 1:31.365 (110.130 mph). Oriol Servia (PKV) banged in a quick lap of 1:30.862 (110.739 mph) as the chequered flag fell, taking provisional pole and a guaranteed place on the front row for Sunday's race. Will Power (Team Australia) was 2nd fastest (1:30.895).
Though disappointed to lose out on provisional pole, Justin was upbeat about the car's performance and prospects for final qualifying and the race. "The #9 CDW car was working very well this morning and in the session right before qualifying we went out and did a time that came pretty easily, so I was very confident", said Justin. "But when it came down to the real deal in qualifying, I just couldn't get into a rhythm. It's the same routine. If you get a clean first run you feel much better, but that didn't happen. And then the second run was crazy for everyone." He added, "I'm disappointed we didn't get pole, but I'm pleased with the performance so far today. We've got chances to do it again tomorrow and I think we're in a good position for the weekend."