Justin takes pole and track record at Toronto
Justin will start from the front of the grid for Sunday’s Hondy Indy Toronto, after posting a record lap time of 1:00.2710s (104.827mph) around Exhibition Place in an emphatic domination of the Firestone Fast Six and earlier qualifying rounds.
A winner at Toronto in Champ Car days, Justin is looking to emulate that success over 85 laps tomorrow from the best possible place on the technically challenging track. He earned Dreyer & Reinbold Racing their second pole position; the first was in 2002 at Kentucky Speedway.
Drawn in the first group of 13 drivers for the initial qualifying run, Justin set a time of 1:00.8228s on primary tyres to go through comfortably behind Will Power (Verizon Team Penske, 1:00.7025s) and Dario Franchitti (Chip Ganassi, 1:00.8204s). Several drivers, including Dario, had used a set of alternate (red) tyres to ensure progress.
In the second part of qualifying, Justin went out on primary tyres once again. Reds had been put on the car as it awaited the green flag, but at the last minute these were quickly replaced. The decision proved a sound one, as Justin laid down a quick lap and spent the remainder of that segment in his pit seeing if anyone could come close. Nobody could topple him from the top of the timesheet, so the Firestone Fast Six was all that stood between Justin and pole position for the No.22 Z-Line Designs car.
As the only driver to have got this far on black tyres, things were looking good. With the reds as unused weapons in his armoury, expectation was high and TV crews and other journalists began to congregate around Justin’s pit area. The confidence proved well-placed when Justin unleashed a stunning lap of 1:00.2710s, a Series track record, to prove he was the man for the PEAK Performance Pole Award.
Will Power will start alongside Justin with his P2 time of 1:00.4563s. The second row will be headed by Helio Castroneves (Team Penske) who clocked 1:00.8159s.
So can Justin follow up his pole with a victory for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing? “That's easier said than done,”
said Justin. “Everyone at the team has worked so hard, and I’m very pleased for Z-Line Designs. We’ll keep pushing for the race, and I think there’s a bit more speed to come. It’s easy in this stage to sit back and relax, but we still have work to do and the other guys won’t be sitting back. It’s great that this is the team’s second career pole and I want to get their second career win. That’s the big picture we’re looking at, but for today, winning the pole after a couple of tough races is just fantastic.”
The Honda Indy Toronto is at 1pm EDT tomorrow, Sunday July 18th. ABC will have live coverage of the race from 12.30pm EDT on Sunday and, for those in the UK, Sky Sports 4 will also have live coverage from 5.30pm BST (with Mike Conway one of Sky's studio guests). There will be the usual live radio broadcast on the IMS Radio Network, XM channel 145, and Sirius channel 212. Live timing and scoring, video streaming and other multi-media services can be found at www.indycar.com
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