TORONTO, Ontario Canada (July 12, 2013) – Justin Wilson’s strategy was simple. Go out with three minutes remaining in Round 2 qualifying, run a couple quick laps and advance to the Firestone Fast Six. But things don’t always go as planned and with 1-½ minutes remaining in the session Takuma Sato’s crash brought out the caution flag thus ending qualifying earlier than everyone expected.
That prevented Wilson improving on his time of 1:00.2954 seconds and advancing to the final round. His No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Honda qualified ninth, but he will start eighth on the grid after James Jake’s was forced to take a 10-spot grid penalty for an early engine change in Saturday’s running of the Honda 2 in T.O. Race #1 on the streets of downtown Toronto.
“It’s a shame that Sato’s crash brought out the yellow because the No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Honda had a chance at advancing to the Firestone Fast Six,” said Wilson. “We were running in the top-10 for most the practice session this morning, so we know that we have a fast car. It will be interesting to see how things go for the series first standing start tomorrow.”
Wilson won the Toronto Grand Prix back in the former Champ Car Series in 2005 and posted the fastest speed in last year’s qualifying enroot to a third place starting position. He currently sits eighth in the IZOD IndyCar Series Points Championship.
Returning to IndyCar for the first time after winning and finishing third in the series last doubleheader races in Detroit a month ago, driver Mike Conway was looking to rekindle that magic this weekend in Toronto for Dale Coyne Racing.
But Conway will have to work his way through the field on Saturday after he qualified his No. 18 Sonny’s Bar-B-Q Honda 20th for the first race in Toronto.
“We have some work ahead of us in tomorrow’s race, but I am confident that we can get the No. 18 Sonny’s Bar-B-Q Honda up to the front of the field,” said Conway. “This is a long race and anything can happen, especially with this standing start. I know the team is going to give me the best car possible for the race.
Conway’s dominating weekend in Detroit also included winning the Pole Position for the second race.
The cars will be on the track again tomorrow starting at 10:35 AM (EDT) for a 30-minute qualifying session for Sunday’s 2 in T.O. Race #2.
The green flag for the Honda 2 in T.O. Race #1 will drop on Saturday, July 13 at 3:40 PM (EDT) and can be seen live on the NBC Sports Network starting at 3:00 PM (EDT).
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