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2013 Houston: Justin Wilson IndyCar Race Recap
Posted by: newsla on Oct 06, 2013 - 06:31 AM
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2013 Houston: Justin Wilson IndyCar Race Recap

Despite suffering from a flat tire early in the race, Justin Wilson charged from a seventh row starting spot to take a third place finish for Dale Coyne Racing with the No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Honda in Saturday’s Grand Prix of Houston.


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The podium result is Wilson’s fifth consecutive IZOD IndyCar top 10 finish, and his fourth podium of the 2013 IndyCar season (along with Long Beach, Detroit, Sonoma).

The run to third backs up Wilson’s fourth place finish in the most recent IndyCar round at Baltimore as well as his podium finish in GRAND-AM competition for Michael Shank Racing last weekend at Lime Rock Park.

Returning to the Houston street circuit with the advantage of some previous experience at the track in Champ Car competition, Wilson led the time sheets in the final practice session on Friday.

A red-flag truncated qualifying session on Saturday morning kept Wilson from converting that early speed into a strong grid spot, as the Honda-powered pilot had just one flying lap to lodge a fast lap time as he was only able to score 14th on the grid.

But with a strong Dale Coyne Racing machine underneath him on the bumpy Houston street circuit, a shrewd strategy call from engineer Bill Pappas to adapt to the flat tire setback, and a healthy bit of speed all day long from Wilson, the team was able to open the hot Houston weekend with Wilson on the podium.

“It was not a bad day today, the Boy Scouts of America car was great,” said Wilson. “We tried to move up at the start, but about 15 laps in, I felt the tire going down, and we had to come in a bit early. We knew the fuel window was going to be tight, but we just had to go for it. We had to conserve fuel a little bit, but I was just pushing, the whole way. Hopefully we can be a little stronger in qualifying and have no problems and have a better chance to win one of these!”

The affable Briton will have another chance at victory on Sunday as the IndyCar Series stages the second 90-lap race of the double-header weekend.

Sunday’s qualifying for race 2 will open at 8:45 PM local, with the penultimate race of the 2013 season set to go green at 12:40 PM local (NBCSN broadcast).

Justin Wilson No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Honda-Dallara 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series:

Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg - Start: 13 Finish: 9 

Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama - Start: 8 Finish: 8

Grand Prix of Long Beach - Start: 24 Finish: 3

Sao Paulo Indy 300 (Brazil) - Start: 9 Finish: 20

Indianapolis 500 - Start: 14 Finish: 5 

Detroit Grand Prix Detroit Dual 1 - Start: 16 Finish: 3

Detroit Grand Prix Detroit Dual 2 - Start: 8 Finish: 19 (contact)

Firestone 550 (Texas) - Start: 20 Finish: 15

Milwaukee IndyFest - Start: 13 Finish: 9

Iowa Corn Indy 250 - Start: 10 Finish: 11

Pocono IndyCar 400 – Start: 22 Finish: 7
Honda Indy Toronto Race 1 – Start: 8 Finish: 11
Honda Indy Toronto Race 2 – Start: 8 Finish: 10
Honda Indy 200: Start 7 Finish: 8
GoPro Grand Prix, Sonoma Raceway Start: 7 Finish 2
Baltimore Grand Prix: Start 4 Finish 4
Shell-Pennzoil Grand Prix Race 1: Start 14 Finish 3

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