Second row slot for Justin at Detroit Grand Prix Justin secured 4th place on the grid for the Detroit Indy Grand Prix presented by Firestone with a lap time of 1:13.0530 (102.008 mph). This will be the fourth time in the 2008 IndyCar season that...
Second row slot for Justin at Detroit Grand Prix
Justin secured 4th place on the grid for the Detroit Indy Grand Prix presented by Firestone with a lap time of 1:13.0530 (102.008 mph). This will be the fourth time in the 2008 IndyCar season that Justin starts from a top-five position, and means he again reached the Firestone Fast Six shootout for pole.
Newman/Haas/Lanigan racing team-mate Graham Rahal starts at the back of the third row, so he will be immediately behind Justin on the track. Pole was won by series points-leader Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi), who looks set to tie up the championship this weekend.
Qualifying was not as smooth as the 02 McDonald's team would have liked. Justin commented: "It was a pretty stressful day. We didn't think we were going to make it to the Firestone Fast Six. Although we had a quick car, we never got to do a full timed lap in the first session, and there was a risk of not making it to the second round. I put in one quick lap at the end, and that got us into the next 12. Then we ran third in the next part of qualifying, and made it through to the shoot-out."
With a fast lap in the shoot-out good enough at that stage for a front-row slot, Justin got out of his car with a few minutes of unexpired time and this gave others the chance to nudge ahead. He explained: "I was really pleased to get into the final six and was hoping the McDonald's car was going to be good enough for pole but Scott stepped it up and I couldn't quite get my car to hook up. I couldn't feel the limit, the bite. I wasn't happy with my lap in the final stretch. We just have to make the most of it now and look forward to tomorrow. Hopefully I can finish on the podium with my team-mate."