Richmond: Justin Wilson race report

Justin steers course to 7th in Richmond demolition derby Justin survived a war of attrition to bring the No. 02 McDonald's car home in 7th position in the SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway. The result equalled his best ...

Justin steers course to 7th in Richmond demolition derby

Justin survived a war of attrition to bring the No. 02 McDonald's car home in 7th position in the SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway. The result equalled his best result of this season to date. The mayhem claimed many victims, including experienced oval veterans as well as those newer to the unforgiving 0.75 mile short oval. The latter group included Justin's Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing team-mate Graham Rahal who suffered contact with the wall after 132 laps.

"What a crazy race - it was like being in a knife fight in a ‘phone booth!" said Justin. "There was some really good driving and some really bad driving out there. I was just trying not to get caught out and stay out of trouble and bring the car home. The McDonald's car wasn't the quickest car out there today, but we managed to salvage some good points and hopefully that will help us out in the championship. The team did a good job on the pit stops. I lost count of how many we did!"

Justin's reward for staying the course was to move up three places to 16th position in the drivers' championship. With the second half of the season featuring the more familiar territory of five road course and street circuit events versus three ovals, Justin and Newman/Haas/Lanigan are hopeful they'll rediscover their race-winning form before too long. Their first opportunity is next Sunday 6th July at the famous Watkins Glen road course in New York state.

-credit: justinwilson.co.uk

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Graham Rahal