Justin disappointed with premature end to Indy 500 run After contact with the wall in Turn 1 with 40 laps remaining, Justin ended up classified in 23rd place for the 93rd running of the Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race was won...
Justin disappointed with premature end to Indy 500 run
After contact with the wall in Turn 1 with 40 laps remaining, Justin ended up classified in 23rd place for the 93rd running of the Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race was won by Helio Castroneves (Team Penske) ahead of Dan Weldon (Panther Racing), with Danica Patrick (Andretti Green Racing) taking the final podium position.
Starting from 15th on the grid, things were looking encouraging for much of the race, with Justin able to sit comfortably in the midfield and await opportunities to make progress. Putting in a respectable time of 219.730 mph on Lap 32 (40.9594s) Justin set his quickest, and the 16th fastest, lap of the day.
Much of the good work done on the track was reversed by misfortune during one or other of the six pit stops that preceded the early exit. Pitting under yellow on Lap 59, Justin did a half-spin in front of his box, stalling in pit lane. The Dale Coyne Racing crew had to let all other traffic go past before recovering the situation. Justin made amends and gradually worked his way up through the pack to his highest position of tenth. All this good work was undone when, under another yellow, he lost eleven places in a single pit stop when a host of other drivers were able to get out ahead.
Although despondent with the outcome of the race, Justin took some positives from the progress made in recent weeks. He said: "I'm very disappointed that we've not been able to finish the race. Everyone at Dale Coyne Racing has worked hard this month and I thought we were in for a reasonable finish. The #18 Z-Line Designs car was running well, but after my last pit stop we weren't moving forwards. A couple of cars went past me and I lost downforce. The car started to turn towards the wall and I tried to get it back down but couldn't save it."
Today's race earned Justin 12 championship points, and leaves him 12th in the standings with a total of 77 points after the first four events. The IndyCar Series now turns its attention to preparation for next weekend's Milwaukee Mile, where Justin will hope to repeat his podium finish achieved in Champ Car days.