TORONTO, Ontario (July 7, 2012) – Two-time IndyCar Toronto pole-winner Justin Wilson narrowly missed claiming his third Toronto pole during the Firestone Fastest Six on Saturday afternoon. Wilson will start third in Sunday’s running of the Honda Indy of Toronto on the downtown street circuit.
After easily making it into the Firestone Fast 12, Wilson’s No. 18 Sonny’s Bar-B-Q Honda posted the fastest lap of the day with a 59.0663 lap in second round qualifying. His lap time was faster than Dario Franchitti’s pole-winning speed today.
“The Sonny’s Bar-B-Q car was really good in qualifying today,” said Wilson. “In the first round we thought we had a pretty good balance, so we made a couple of small adjustments going into the second round. In the second round the car was just great. We just didn’t quite get the lap we were looking for in the last round, but I will gladly take starting on the inside of row two.”
Wilson bounced back on Saturday after a not so great start Friday morning. Wilson’s car refused to go into neutral on its return from an installation lap right at the start of Practice 1. Despite Wilson’s best efforts to slow the car it carried into the pit box of Dragon Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais, hitting the rear of the No. 7 car, doing damage to both cars.
“It still was in the back of mind when I showed up today,” said Wilson. “All you can do is carrying on and I think we bounced back very nicely with a P3 today. I am so happy nobody was seriously injured and it was great to see Sebastien make it into the Firestone Fast Six with me. I think we have a good chance to win the race. It will be all about having the perfect day--the right race strategy, avoiding the wrecks and fast pit stops.”
Coming off his second best finish of the year in Iowa two weeks ago, James Jakes, driver of the No. 19 Boy Scouts of America car, qualified 19th for Sunday’s race.
"We didn't quite have the session we were looking for," said Jakes. "We can do so much better than what our qualifying position shows. I just want to say great job to my teammate Justin and the whole No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing team. He had a really strong run today and deserves to be at the top of the pack."
The Honda Indy Toronto race can be seen live on ABC-TV starting at 12:30 p.m. (EDT) on Sunday, July 8.
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