Justin and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing endured a difficult end to their 2010 season in the Cafes do Brasil Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday night. The No. 22 Z-Line Designs car finished 21st from 6th on the grid after struggling with...
Justin and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing endured a difficult end to their 2010 season in the Cafes do Brasil Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday night. The No. 22 Z-Line Designs car finished 21st from 6th on the grid after struggling with rear stability during the first half of the race. Up at the sharp end, Scott Dixon took victory for Chip Ganassi Racing. Danica Patrick was runner up and her Andretti Autosport team-mate Tony Kanaan rounded out the podium. Justin's DRR team-mate for this weekend, Ana Beatriz, made contact with the wall in Turn 4 on Lap 42 and was classified 26th.
From the very start of the race the No. 22 car was a handful and Justin quickly radioed in to say the problem was oversteer. The loose rear end meant he could only run one line around the track and, with lap times a second off the pace of the leaders, the No. 22 car was a sitting duck. The backwards slide was painful to watch: from 6th to 11th on the opening lap, to 16th by Lap 25 and 20th after the first pit-stop on Lap 39. Front wing and tyre pressure adjustments at this and subsequent pit-stops improved the car's balance, but by the time the No. 22 car was capable of running competitive times and lines Justin was 2 laps down with no chance of making meaningful progress back through the field.
After the apparent progress made during qualifying, the result was a bitter disappointment. "It was a tough day today for the Z-Line Designs team," said Justin. "It didn't exactly end the way that we had hoped, but we worked hard and were able to bring the car home in one piece."
Dario Franchitti (Chip Ganassi Racing) was crowned IZOD IndyCar Series Champion for the third time. The Scot's 8th place finish was sufficient to take the prize when title challenger Will Power (Team Penske) retired with rear suspension damage after brushing the wall on Lap 135. Justin's finishing position, combined with Danica Patrick's strong run, dropped him one more spot in the driver standings and he finished the season 11th in the championship.