EDMONTON, Alberta – Justin Wilson, driver of the No. 18 Sonny’s Bar-B-Q Honda, almost caught pole-sitter Ryan Hunter-Reay towards the end of the race, but was able to hold off Scott Dixon to earn a ninth place finish in an entirely caution free Edmonton Indy race Sunday afternoon.
" It was an encouraging end to a difficult weekend," said Wilson. "The Sonny's Bar-B-Q team did a great job with some fast pit stops today. The team worked really hard doing a lot of changes to the car this weekend. I think you can say we figured everything out with a ninth place finish today. I wish I could have given them a win for their hard work.”
This was Wilson’s sixth top 10 finish in eight races at the Edmonton City Centre Airport course. The 33-year-old England native started Sunday’s race in the 10th spot.
“We had hoped to be close to the front of the pack and be challenging for the win at the end of the race, but it just wasn't our day,” Wilson commented. “We learned a lot things this weekend in Edmonton and now just have to move onto the next race in Mid-Ohio in two weeks."
Coming off a career-high eighth place finish in Toronto two weeks ago, James Jakes saw his day end much sooner than he would have liked it too on lap 43 when the left rear shock absorber broke on his No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Honda car.
"It was a tough day for the No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Honda," Jakes said. "The left rear shock absorber broke and it made it impossible for us to finish the race. It ended our day much sooner that we would have liked it too. We had a good car this weekend and we were able to pick a few guys off before the shock failed. The team did another terrific job giving me a very competitive car.”
In two weeks, the IZOD IndyCar Series heads to Lexington, OH for the Honda Indy at Mid-Ohio. The race can be seen live on ABC-TV starting at 1:00 p.m. (EDT) on Sunday, August 5.
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