Top ten finish for Justin at Chicagoland Speedway Justin and Dale Coyne Racing enjoyed their strongest oval performance of the year at Chicagoland Speedway as the ...
Top ten finish for Justin at Chicagoland Speedway
Justin and Dale Coyne Racing enjoyed their strongest oval performance of the year at Chicagoland Speedway as the #18 Z-Line Designs - Office Max car finished 10th in Saturday night's PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil Indy 300. A thrilling 10-lap conclusion to the race saw the first ten places covered by less than half a second as polesitter Ryan Briscoe (Team Penske) took victory by 0.0077s from Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon.
Starting from 15th, Justin made good early progress to move up to 11th by the time of his first pit-stop on Lap 46. He made two further pit-stops under yellow on Laps 95 and 113 and made further progress as the second half of the race unfolded, running a comfortable 9th by the time of his third and final stop on Lap 160.
After a final yellow on Lap 184, to remove the stricken Penske of Helio Castroneves, the race went green on Lap 191, bringing the fans to their feet for a thrilling 10 lap blast to the finish. Lying 8th at the restart, Justin moved forward into 7th place with five laps to go, and was still in 8th on Lap 199. But with a swarm of 10 cars spanning less than half a second and jockeying for position, it was pot luck who would cross the line in what order at the finish. For Justin and the entire Z-Line Designs - Office Max team, their 10th place result, ahead of the veteran oval specialists such as Andretti Green Racing, was hugely satisfying.
The result moves Justin back up to 10th in the driver standings as the series heads into its final two events at Japan's Twin Ring Motegi (19 September) and Homestead-Miami Speedway (10 October).