Justin a frustrated 11th in Mid-Ohio qualifying Justin will line up 11th on the grid for Sunday's Honda Indy 200 after a frustrating qualifying session on Saturday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The No. 22 Z-Line Designs car ended in the tyres...
Justin a frustrated 11th in Mid-Ohio qualifying
Justin will line up 11th on the grid for Sunday's Honda Indy 200 after a frustrating qualifying session on Saturday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The No. 22 Z-Line Designs car ended in the tyres at Turn 5 after the slower Penske of Ryan Briscoe turned in on Justin as he was on a hot lap during the second round of qualifying. Briscoe's team-mate Will Power took his seventh pole position of the season (1.07.1997, 120.965 mph) and will be joined by Dario Franchitti (Chip Ganassi Racing) on the front row. Justin's team-mate, JR Hildebrand, will start from 18th in Dreyer & Reinbold's No. 24 Roll Coater entry.
In Round 1 of qualifying, Justin set the 4th fastest time in his qualifying group (1.07.6858). The incident with Briscoe took place right at the end of the Round 2. Justin had set a quick time of 1:07.6230 (120.208 mph) and was on what was likely to be his final hot lap of the session when he came up on Briscoe on the entry to Turn 5. The Penske car slowed and took a wide line while Justin, on a flying lap, went for the apex and was fully alongside when the Australian closed the door. The No. 22 car was briefly airborne from the contact and both cars ended up in the tyres.
"I really don't know what Briscoe was thinking when he chopped down on me," said Justin. "I was on a hot lap and was at least two tenths quicker than my previous lap. Briscoe was on an out-lap from the pits and I thought he was pulling over to let me by. I think the Z-Line Designs car had a shot at making the Firestone Fast Six today. We'll have to re-group for tomorrow and give it all we can for the race."