Front row start for Justin on Watkins Glen debut Justin will start from the front row on his Watkins Glen debut after qualifying his No. 02 McDonald's car in 2nd place, narrowly missing out on pole position. In the three-segment qualifying ...
Front row start for Justin on Watkins Glen debut
Justin will start from the front row on his Watkins Glen debut after qualifying his No. 02 McDonald's car in 2nd place, narrowly missing out on pole position. In the three-segment qualifying session, Justin was 3rd fastest in his group during round one and he was the quickest of the 12 runners who made it through to the second round. In the final segment, the 10 minute Firestone Fast Six shoot-out, Justin was on the pace throughout and traded fastest laps with Team Penske's Ryan Briscoe. When he pitted at the end of his scheduled five lap run with a time of 1:29.3804 (135.734 mph) it looked like Justin had done enough for pole. But moments later Briscoe's final lap stopped the clock four hundredths of a second quicker (1:29.3456, 135.787 mph).
"To come back in the pits, get out of the car, see the timing and go from first to second by a few hundredths of a second is quite frustrating," said Justin. "But the McDonald's team has done a fantastic job. We still haven't tested on a road course and we came to this track completely blind. Considering all that, I'm very excited at being able to challenge for the pole position. My car was working really well. There were a couple of times on the last lap where I knew I had to pull something out. I think three times I thought I'd put it in the wall, but fortunately the McDonald's car was gripping well, hanging on. I'm looking forward to a good race tomorrow."
Graham Rahal, Justin's Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing team-mate, qualified a disappointed 18th after an accident in Saturday morning's practice session put him and his No. 06 Hole in the Wall Camps crew on the back foot.