Justin 4th quickest in challenging Saturday practice at SÃ£o Paulo Justin and the rest of the IZOD IndyCar Series field got their first taste of SÃ£o Paulo's new 2.5 mile temporary street circuit on Saturday and found the slick and bumpy ...
Justin 4th quickest in challenging Saturday practice at São Paulo
Justin and the rest of the IZOD IndyCar Series field got their first taste of São Paulo's new 2.5 mile temporary street circuit on Saturday and found the slick and bumpy conditions challenging to say the least. While the drivers were enthusiastic about the track layout, the very slippery concrete surface along the start-finish straight saw the drivers spinning their wheels and a number made contact with the wall.
After consulting with drivers and owners, IRL officials decided to postpone qualifying until Sunday morning and diamond grinding equipment is now being used in an attempt to resolve the issues overnight. The current plan is for the drivers to take to the track briefly at 8am Sunday local time to evaluate the repairs before a rescheduled qualifying session starts at 8.30am. The São Paulo Indy 300 is still scheduled to start at 1pm local time.
Instead of qualifying, a final hour-long practice session was held on Saturday afternoon. Justin's No. 22 Z-Line Designs machine was 4th quickest on the day (1:31.5380, 99.736 mph) behind pace setter Will Power (Team Penske, 1:31.2980, 99.998 mph) and Andretti Autosports' Tony Kanaan (1:31.3403) and Ryan Hunter-Reay (1:31.3858). Justin's Dreyer & Reinbold Racing teammates Mike Conway (No. 24 Dad's Root Beer) and Ana Beatriz (No. 23 Ipiranga) were 15th and 23rd respectively on the combined timesheets.