Justin pleased with strong run to 8th in Edmonton Justin and Dale Coyne Racing put in another strong performance on Sunday to take 8th place in the Rexall Edmonton Indy. After a disappointing qualifying session, the ...
Justin pleased with strong run to 8th in Edmonton
Justin and Dale Coyne Racing put in another strong performance on Sunday to take 8th place in the Rexall Edmonton Indy. After a disappointing qualifying session, the #18 Z-Line Designs/Staples car had much more pace on race day and Justin took full advantage of the opportunities available to make steady progress through the field and the result moves him up to 8th place in the championship standings. Will Power took his maiden IndyCar Series victory for Team Penske under a late race yellow, followed home by team-mate Helio Castroneves and Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon.
Starting from 15th on the grid, Justin made up four spots on the opening lap when various mishaps dropped four other drivers back through the field. After that, with the 95 laps just achievable on two stops, fuel saving was the order of the day. Any hopes of making significant progress through an alternate fuel strategy were dashed as the Edmonton race ran unusually caution-free until 2 laps to go, so Justin's race developed by running three laps longer than the cars in front of him in the run up to each of his two pit-stops.
After pitting on Lap 34 he moved up to 9th, ahead of E.J. Viso (HVM Racing) who made his stop on Lap 31 and Tony Kanaan (Andretti Green Racing) who was lucky to escape with only minor injuries from a race-ending fire in pit lane. Justin's middle stint was focused on chasing down Robert Doornbos (Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing). He ran three laps longer than the Dutchman at the final round of pit-stops, pitting on Lap 69 to move up to 8th position. The final stint involved successfully closing a 15s gap to Graham Rahal (Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing), but the caution flag emerged before Justin could make a passing attempt for 7th place.
"I thought we had a really good run," said Justin. "The rough surface at Edmonton means the car is much more sensitive to grip levels than any other track we race at. The car was great when the grip came up on the track and I think we can take what we learned here and apply that knowledge for the future."
The IndyCar Series makes a brief return to oval racing next weekend in Kentucky (1st August), before switching back to road course events in Mid Ohio (9th August) and Sonoma (23rd August).