Edmonton: Justin Wilson race report

Justin 21st in Edmonton after suspension problems Justin had a tough afternoon around Edmonton's City Centre Airport after a shock absorber failed on Lap 36, pitching the No. 22 Z-Line Designs car into a 360o. spin. After losing laps in the pits...

Justin 21st in Edmonton after suspension problems

Justin had a tough afternoon around Edmonton's City Centre Airport after a shock absorber failed on Lap 36, pitching the No. 22 Z-Line Designs car into a 360o. spin. After losing laps in the pits to resolve the issue he had to settle for 21st at the finish. It was a tough day all round for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing as Tomas Scheckter finished 19th after pitting early for a new front wing in the No. 24 MonaVie car.

Scott Dixon took an unexpected win for Chip Ganassi Racing when the leading Penske of Helio Castroneves was black flagged after a Lap 92 restart. The Brazilian was penalised for blocking because he defended the inside line into Turn 1 from team-mate Will Power. With Dixon passing Power into Turn 2 and Dario Franchitti (Chip Ganassi Racing) rounding out the podium, it was not the Penske 1-2 that had seemed almost certain just a few laps from the finish.

Justin held his 9th place starting position throughout the first stint and had worked his way up to 8th after his first pit-stop on Lap 33 when the right rear shock gave way under braking into Turn 10. Fortunately the part gave way at the end of the very wide backstretch and Justin was able to control the spin, keep the engine going and bring the car back to the pits. The part was replaced, but the car was still out of shape under braking at the same corner next time round. Justin brought the car back to pit lane for further repairs and eventually rejoined the race 7 laps down, pushing hard all the way to the finish. Had the race run to plan, the No. 22 car could reasonably have aimed for a top-6 result.

"The Z-Line Designs car was improving in our first stint and I was able to drive the car the way I wanted," said Justin. "Right after our first stop my right rear shock broke and I was just trying to control the car and not get into anyone. We'll have a look at why the shock failed and continue on. I'm looking forward to testing at Mid-Ohio next week to prepare for the race."

The next race on the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series schedule is at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 8.

-source: justinwilson.co.uk

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Justin Wilson , Helio Castroneves , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Chip Ganassi , Will Power
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing