Motegi: Justin Wilson qualifying report

Justin qualifies 18th for Indy Japan 300 Justin will line up on the ninth row of the grid for Sunday's Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi after qualifying 18th in the No. 22 Kona Deep car with a 2-lap average qualifying speed of 196.850 mph....

Justin qualifies 18th for Indy Japan 300

Justin will line up on the ninth row of the grid for Sunday's Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi after qualifying 18th in the No. 22 Kona Deep car with a 2-lap average qualifying speed of 196.850 mph. Team Penske qualified 1-2-3, with Helio Castroneves on pole with an average qualifying speed of 201.992 mph. Paul Tracy, Justin's Dreyer & Reinbold Racing team-mate for this weekend, qualified 22nd in the No. 24 Motegi Racing Wheels entry (195.709 mph).

The result was some way off the top-10 qualifying performance Justin was aiming for this weekend, reflecting the struggles he and the team had during practice to find a good balance in the No. 22 car.

"It wasn't exactly the day that we were looking for, but we'll just keep working on it," said Justin. "We had a lot of understeer all day and then in qualifying the car was really loose. Unfortunately, I couldn't commit the speed I was looking for. Tomorrow we just need to try and have a good, smart race. This race gets pretty crazy at times. It's a hard track to race on, so we just need to make sure that we don't make any mistakes and look after the car."

For those in the US, VERSUS begins its live coverage at 11 p.m. EDT on Saturday night with a pre-race show that also features qualifying highlights. The green flag for the race is scheduled for midnight EDT (5 a.m. BST on Sunday morning for those following live on the internet in the UK). The race will also air live on the IMS Radio Network, XM channel 145, and Sirius channel 212. Live timing and scoring, video streaming and other multi-media services can be found at www.indycar.com. Sky Sports 3/HD3 (not Sky Sports 2/HD2 as previously advised) will broadcast the race on a tape delay at 10 a.m. BST on Sunday and it will be repeated again at 9pm on Sunday night on Sky Sports 4/HD4.

-source: justinwilson.co.uk

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Helio Castroneves , Paul Tracy
Teams Team Penske , Dreyer & Reinbold Racing