Top ten finish for Justin at Homestead-Miami Speedway Justin and Dale Coyne Racing brought a successful 2009 season to a close at Homestead-Miami Speedway by taking 10th place in Saturday's Firestone Indy 300 and 9th in the 2009 IndyCar Series...
Top ten finish for Justin at Homestead-Miami Speedway
Justin and Dale Coyne Racing brought a successful 2009 season to a close at Homestead-Miami Speedway by taking 10th place in Saturday's Firestone Indy 300 and 9th in the 2009 IndyCar Series championship. Dario Franchitti won the race and the championship for Chip Ganassi Racing. Ryan Briscoe (Team Penske) and Scott Dixon (title runner up for Chip Ganassi Racing) were 2nd and 3rd in the race and both were still in contention for the championship until forced to make late-race stops for fuel.
Starting from 13th the Z-Line Designs team chipped away at an understeer problem that left the #18 car bogged down for most of the race. But after the final pit-stop Justin was able to take full advantage of the car's underlying pace for the last 50 laps, moving forward and making passes for position that were crucial to his championship campaign. Justin finished the season level on 354 points with fellow Brit Dan Wheldon (Panther Racing), but his Watkins Glen victory gave him the edge in the final standings.
"I'm really pleased with today's result and it's a good way to finish the season," said Justin. "It was tough at the start and we struggled with understeer for the first three stints. But the Z-Line Designs team gave me great stops and each time I came in we made adjustments and it got better and better. Once we got on top of the understeer, the car was fast and the last 50 laps were fun. All in all it's been a good year. We can take a lot of satisfaction from knowing that every race we've made progress and moved forward. Everything we've learned this year will put us in a strong position for next season and if we can continue this rate of progress then I'm confident that we can challenge for wins more often than not."
Team owner Dale Coyne was equally satisfied. "Finishing 9th in the championship was our goal and achieving that's a good way to finish the season," he said. "The win at Watkins Glen was the icing on the cake. As Justin said, we've learned a lot together and we want to capitalise on that to have an even better season in 2010."