Justin over the moon with first Champ Car win Justin took his and the RuSPORT team's first Champ Car race victory in a dramatic Molson Indy Toronto. His first Champ Car win was long overdue and he did it in style, with two decisive passes to...
Justin over the moon with first Champ Car win
Justin took his and the RuSPORT team's first Champ Car race victory in a dramatic Molson Indy Toronto. His first Champ Car win was long overdue and he did it in style, with two decisive passes to move him up the podium as well as fastest lap of the race. The result moves him back up to 3rd in the championship standings.
The incident-filled race was initially dominated by Sebastien Bourdais and Paul Tracy until they clashed exiting the pits, and then by Paul Tracy's lead with half a front wing until he ran out of fuel on Lap 58. Having qualified 3rd, Justin clung on while he ran with a heavy fuel load during the first and second stints to emerge from the final stops still in 3rd, on a light fuel load and able to push hard to the end.
After several full course yellows Justin made quick work of Alex Tagliani to move up to 2nd on Lap 66 and then proceeded to put Oriol Servia under pressure. On Lap 77, he squeezed past the Spaniard on the inside of Turn 3 to take the lead. Justin went on to set the fastest lap of the race, pulling out a margin of 6 seconds on Servia before the race ended under a full course yellow for team-mate A.J. Allmendinger who unfortunately clipped a wall while battling for 2nd.
On his slowing down lap, Justin treated fans to a generous helping of perfectly formed "donuts" in front of the grandstands.
Understandably, he was jubilant: "I can't believe we've finally done it! I'm very excited for RuSPORT. I'm very excited for myself. I think this is something that's been on the cards for the last couple of races and we can move forward from here now. On the third lap chasing Oriol(Servia), I decided 'This is the one I'm going for.' I managed to get a good run and closed right in on him. It was good, clean racing. I couldn't believe it when I came out in front and realised I then had the chance of taking it all the way to the end. This means a lot today and I'd like to dedicate this win to everyone back home and especially those hurt by the events of Thursday in London."