Justin and the CDW/RuSPORT team put Friday's difficulties behind them to run trouble-free in all three sessions on Saturday. The ...
Justin and the CDW/RuSPORT team put Friday's difficulties behind them to run trouble-free in all three sessions on Saturday. The #9 CDW machine was 3rd on the timesheets in morning practice and 5th fastest in final qualifying (1:13.327s, 122.345mph). It was a good step forward, but Justin was frustrated not to have qualified in the top 3.
"Overall I'm pleased with progress, especially considering the late start yesterday", said Justin. "The #9 CDW car was pretty good in qualifying, but I felt we should have been a little bit quicker. I was up a few tenths on my last lap, but I lost a little bit in the second chicane and a little bit in the third. But in the first stint the car was good there, and not so well balanced during the other half of the lap. We just weren't able to put the two halves together".
Sebastien Bourdais (Newman/Haas/Lanigan) took pole with a time of 1:12.821s (123.195 mph) while Robert Doornbos (Minardi Team USA) was 2nd quickest (1:13.067s). The Dutchman will start from 3rd because Will Power (Team Australia) bagged his front row spot with provisional pole on Friday.
On such a tight track, and with few overtaking opportunities, Justin and his engineers are working hard to find a competitive set-up for Sunday's race. "Hopefully we'll find a bit more speed", Justin added. "And if we get good fuel mileage and have some good pit-stops then we should be able to bring home a decent result for CDW, Plantronics and our other partners tomorrow".