Track conditions hinder Justin's Richmond qualifying effort Justin will line up 23rd for Saturday night's SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway after the No. 02 McDonald's car struggled for grip during qualifying. He counted...
Track conditions hinder Justin's Richmond qualifying effort
Justin will line up 23rd for Saturday night's SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway after the No. 02 McDonald's car struggled for grip during qualifying. He counted the cost of being the first out on track in cooling conditions and was the first to lay down Firestone rubber after a heavy thunderstorm interrupted the afternoon practice session.
Justin's times in the four qualifying laps on the 0.75 mile oval were: L1: 16.9711s, L2: 17.0602s, L3: 16.8524s, L4: 16.7633s. His four lap average speed was 159.652 mph, over 7 mph slower than Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing team-mate Graham Rahal who made his run towards the end of the session and qualified third (167.250 mph). Tony Kanaan took pole for Andretti Green Racing (167.876 mph).
"Being the first out in qualifying is never ideal," reflected Justin afterwards. "The thunderstorm and the different type of rubber from the cars before us made it difficult and I was sliding around quite a bit. I was just trying to hang on. But we've also been a little bit off on our setups the whole weekend. I felt like we got somewhere in the last practice session. In qualifying we were getting quicker each lap as the grip was coming up, but it was hard to get the time out of the car in the laps available. It's been a difficult weekend, and it's frustrating to have been so far off pace, but as usual the McDonald's team is working through it. We're getting quicker and hopefully we'll have a better race than qualifying."
The 300-lap race starts at 8:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday and can be seen live on ESPN. Sky Sports 1 has live TV coverage in the UK from 1am BST on Sunday. As always, fans can follow the race via the official website of the IndyCar Series, www.indycar.com. It will also be broadcast live on IMS Radio Network and XM Radio Channels 144 and 145.