Justin hoping for another strong result in Richmond After running competitively at Iowa Speedway last weekend Justin is hopeful of another strong short-oval performance in Saturday night's SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International ...
Justin hoping for another strong result in Richmond
After running competitively at Iowa Speedway last weekend Justin is hopeful of another strong short-oval performance in Saturday night's SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway. The 0.75-mile track will be Justin's seventh new venue this season.
"I'm looking forward to driving on another new track this weekend," said Justin. "It's supposed to be similar to Iowa but tighter and faster, so it's going to be a tough race. We ran well most of the race in Iowa so the McDonald's team is hoping for similar competitiveness at Richmond. I'm looking forward to the challenge."
Point standings dictated Justin's 20th place start at Iowa Speedway when rain cancelled qualifying, but he made the most of a strong race car to run as high as seventh place and maintained a top-10 run until the final stint when the handling of his race car declined and he finished 12th. That experience, following his season-best oval finish at the Milwaukee Mile on 1st June, leaves Justin optimistic about his chances.
"Hopefully we can keep working and improving on things," said Justin. "Quite often this year we have not done so well in qualifying, but in the race the McDonald's car is really good and we can pass people. Even on a track like Iowa where we didn't expect to be able to pass, we moved forward and that's encouraging. I think that if we give ourselves a chance to start further forward we can get in there and start mixing it up. Right now we will just keep learning and progressing."
Only 13 of the 26 drivers entered in this weekend's race competed in the IndyCar Series event at Richmond last year, so the series has added a three hour practice session on Thursday from 4-7 p.m. EDT to allow transitioning teams and rookies time to adapt to the track.