Justin pleased with 3rd in Long Beach qualifying 17-April-2010 - Justin heads up the second row of the grid for Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach after taking the No. 22 Z-Line Designs car through to the Firestone Fast Six and qualifying...
Justin pleased with 3rd in Long Beach qualifying
17-April-2010 - Justin heads up the second row of the grid for Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach after taking the No. 22 Z-Line Designs car through to the Firestone Fast Six and qualifying 3rd fastest (1:09.7939, 101.510 mph). Will Power (Team Penske) took pole position for the third event in succession with a best lap of 1:09.3185 (102.206 mph). Starting alongside the Australian on the front row is Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport). Justin's Dreyer & Reinbold Racing team-mate Mike Conway will start from 16th in the No. 24 TranSystems car.
In the opening round of qualifying Justin was in the second group of 12 cars and used a set of the softer, faster red-sidewalled Firestone tyres to set the 3rd quickest time (1:09.7772) and move comfortably through to the second round. There he ran on reds in both stints, setting the 5th fastest time (1:09.7909) to make it through to the coveted Firestone Fast Six. Will Power had successfully completed his first qualifying round in Group 1 on the harder Firestone Firehawks and as a result the No. 12 Penske was the only car to have saved a set of new, "sticker" reds for the Firestone Fast Six. Like the other five drivers, Justin was running on scuffed reds, but that didn't prevent him setting consistent, 69s lap times. With the No. 22 car having been quick all day on used tyres, he's confident of having a consistently strong pace during tomorrow's 85-lap race.
"I'm really happy with the Z-Line Designs car qualifying third in the Firestone Fast Six today," said Justin. "It's probably the best car I have ever driven in Long Beach, including my pole position in 2008. I don't think I could have found another four tenths around here today, but I gave it my best shot. I'm really looking forward to the race as starting position is key here."