Saturday, Jan.19, was a nice and sunny, but cold, race day for the 6th round of the Winter Heat Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Practice on Friday was canceled due to the Generation 6 testing by NASCAR. Justin started the day taking over a full second off his time from last weekend. The #99 was able to qualify 7th out of 15 Pro drivers. Finishing 5th in the heat race, Justin started the feature in p.9. The feature had some hard racing with Justin running as high as p. 5 at one point. Battling with the #54 of Gregory Lang again this week, Justin lost a couple of positions and crossed the finish line in the 8th spot. A very strong run for the #99. Make sure to take the time to watch the video from the race.
The 5th round of the Winter Heat Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway was held Saturday, 1/12 on the Road Course. There was supposed to be a full day of practice on Friday; however, rain and fog kept the cars off the track. With limited practice, Justin was able to make some good runs through the course on Saturday, but couldn’t find the speed necessary to run in the top 5 in the Pro class. For the start of the feature, Justin lined up in the 12th position out of 13 Pro drivers. By the halfway point, Justin was running ninth. During the second half of the race, Justin had to hold off the #54 of Gregory Lang for the 8th spot. Even though it wasn’t for the lead, both drivers did a great job racing each other clean and hard for several laps. Altogether a respectable run for the #99 in his second race in the Pro Division. Starting out the 2013 season, Justin is running with the best to be the best. We will be traveling down next weekend for practice on Friday, 1/18, and Round 6 of the Winter Heat Series on Saturday, 1/19.
It was great to be able to be back in the Legend Car for the first weekend of the Winter Heat Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway. However, during practice on Friday, we were unable to get the car to respond to any changes. The same problem occurred on Saturday during both races. It was a disappointing start in the Pro class. We did find out later the following week that the car has major problems with the frame. Unfortunately, this will cause us to miss the second week of the Winter Heat series coming up Jan. 5 and 6. We will be ready with new equipment for the start of the road course racing at the Winter Heat series January 12.
Justin has been selected by INEX to race in the Pro Division for the 2013 season. The Pro Division is the elite group of drivers within the Legend Car circuit. This is a great accomplishment to be promoted to the Pro Division after just one season of racing.