Justin pleased with 5th in Barber qualifying
Justin and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will line up on the third row of the grid for Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama after qualifying 5th in the No. 22 Charter Media car. Justin made it through to the Firestone Fast Six for the second race in succession – no mean feat given that he's driving with an injured wrist this weekend. Will Power took pole position for Team Penske (1:11.455, 115.878 mph) and lines up alongside his team-mate Ryan Briscoe on the front row. Simon Pagenaud, standing in for injured Ana Beatriz in the No. 24 Ipiranga/Blazemaster car, qualified 23rd (1:12.590) for his first IZOD IndyCar Series race.
Justin and the team made the most of their rain-limited practice time on Friday at Barber Motorsports Park and found some further useful changes in the short 20 minute practice session early on Saturday morning. In the initial group stage of Saturday morning’s qualifying Justin was 2nd (1:12.159), and he improved his time further to post the 5th fastest time of the 12 cars in round 2 (1:11.683). Justin had a spin during the Fast Six after he’d put down a quick time of 1:12.308 (114.509 mph), but he’s confident that the car is on the button set-up wise and despite some discomfort in his wrist he's looking forward to Sunday’s race.
“I'm really pleased to make it into the Firestone Fast Six,” said Justin. “The Dreyer & Reinbold guys have worked hard. The set up really came together and this morning the Charter Media car felt pretty good. We made a couple more changes in qualifying and it's right there. In the Fast Six I got a little carried away going into the second to last corner and lost the rear, but I had already set my quickest time by then and had done pretty much all I could do. My wrist is feeling uncomfortable, but I know that I have to fight through it. The competition will be tight tomorrow and we have Oriol Servia right behind us, so it will make for a good race.”