Justin 14th in Richmond, optimistic about progress Justin finished 14th in Saturday night's SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway in a processional race around the Â¾ mile oval that left many drivers frustrated by a...
Justin 14th in Richmond, optimistic about progress
Justin finished 14th in Saturday night's SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway in a processional race around the ¾ mile oval that left many drivers frustrated by a significant loss of grip in traffic, limiting their ability to overtake.
Although the widely predicted crash-fest didn't happen, the SAFER barrier claimed several victims. Among them were both Team Penske cars, leaving the way open for a Chip Ganassi Racing 1-2. Scott Dixon led home team-mate Dario Franchitti while Graham Rahal (Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing) took 3rd place.
Justin, who set the 7th fastest lap of the race, felt the result was not a true reflection of the progress he and Dale Coyne Racing have made with their oval set-up in recent weeks.
"The whole Dale Coyne Racing team did a great job here this weekend," said Justin. "I was really happy with the Z-Line Designs car. We were fast all day, but unfortunately we were bogged down in traffic most of the night. The few laps I had in clean air we could show our true potential and it was really encouraging. This was the best car we've had on the ovals so far and we just keep making small improvements all the time. We now have to study everything and work out where the next step is so that we can keep improving our results."
After six oval events in succession, the IndyCar Series gets back to road and street course racing for the next three races. First up is the Camping World Grand Prix at Watkins Glen in a week's time on Sunday 5th July, where Justin challenged for pole a year ago.