Justin prepares for his second Indy 500 The famed Indianapolis 500 may be more than a fortnight away, but the month-long preparations for the event's 93rd running are already well under way. After sitting out a wet day on Wednesday, Justin and...
Justin prepares for his second Indy 500
The famed Indianapolis 500 may be more than a fortnight away, but the month-long preparations for the event's 93rd running are already well under way. After sitting out a wet day on Wednesday, Justin and Dale Coyne Racing got down to the business of working on set-ups yesterday in the #18 Z-Line Designs car. They are hoping for more good weather today as they prepare for qualifying this weekend.
"It's great to be back here again," said Justin. "Unfortunately we lost quite a bit of practice time due to the rain on Wednesday. On Thursday, we started on set-ups with enough downforce to get comfortable through the turns. Today we'll start to trim the car out for qualifying. The trick is to get to that knife-edge point where we're running with very little downforce. It's a bit uncomfortable, but that's what it takes to qualify well at Indy."
Check out Justin's thoughts on the 2.5 mile oval in the track guides section of www.justinwilson.co.uk. The website also has a new JW TV video where Justin talks about his and the team's preparations for the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing".
Saturday's Pole Day will set the first 11 positions on the grid, while the second day of qualifying on Sunday will lock down positions 12 to 22. For those who fail to qualify this weekend, Saturday 16th May will provisionally set positions 13-33 on the grid, with the risk of these drivers being bumped off the grid on the final qualifying day, Bump Day on Monday 17th. Justin's aim is to qualify this weekend so that he and his engineers can turn their attention to race set-ups during next week's practice sessions. The race itself is on Sunday 23rd May.
We'll have a further report after this weekend's qualifying sessions. All of the on-track sessions can be followed in full through the timing and scoring and video features at www.indycar.com.