Justin uninjured after Kentucky test crash Justin escaped uninjured from a crash at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday while participating in a one-day test at the 1.5-mile oval. It was the first test on an oval for the Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing...
Justin uninjured after Kentucky test crash
Justin escaped uninjured from a crash at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday while participating in a one-day test at the 1.5-mile oval. It was the first test on an oval for the Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing team since their pre-season test at Homestead-Miami Speedway back in March.
After completing an installation run and a subsequent pit stop to analyse the car, Justin returned to the track and was near the end of his first run when he lost control of the No. 02 car between Turns 1 and 2 and made contact with the Turn 2 wall.
"I had run about eight or nine laps and was just up to speed and was in the middle of Turns 1 and 2 and suddenly I felt the car straightening out," said Justin. "It no longer went where I was steering. I'm not sure what broke, but I had no steering and I was heading straight into the wall."
The car, a new chassis which made its racing debut in Watkins Glen, sustained a substantial amount of damage and is unlikely to be repaired in time for the IndyCar Series Meier Indy 300 race at Kentucky on August 9. Justin's other McDonald's race car was being driven by teammate Graham Rahal at the test while his own race car is being repaired after being hit two separate times at last weekend's IndyCar Series event in Edmonton
"Obviously I'm disappointed because we didn't even get any testing done and there is a lot of damage to my good race car that we had determined would be my road racing car," added Justin. "The plan was initially not to run it here or on the ovals in general and keep it as good as possible, but Graham's only car was damaged in Edmonton so he had to use my oval car at the test while his is being repaired. The new car was already proving to be faster and I was enjoying it, but it didn't last for long."