CHAMPCAR: Long Beach: Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Friday report

McDONALD'S DRIVER WILSON ON PROVISIONAL POLE FOR THE TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH; HOLE IN THE WALL CAMPS DRIVER RAHAL FIFTH Justin Wilson, No. 02 McDonald's Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone: b^0x001cWe felt that the McDonald's car was good, and...

McDONALD'S DRIVER WILSON ON PROVISIONAL POLE FOR THE TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH; HOLE IN THE WALL CAMPS DRIVER RAHAL FIFTH

Justin Wilson, No. 02 McDonald's Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone: b^0x001cWe felt that the McDonald's car was good, and I was very pleased with how it was handling. But we went out and did quite a quick time on the Bridgestone (standard) black tires that still would have been good enough for pole, but we weren't sure what everyone else was doing down the pit lane. We didn't get a good pit selection so we couldn't see, so we decided let's go and see what they're like. We tried the Bridgestone Red tires and they worked great. I'm just very pleased to keep up the tradition of the McDonald's car being quickest. Before the qualifying I thought it's a bit of pressure taking over this seat at a track like this where Sebastien (Bourdais) has always gone so well. I'm actually quite relieved to have done as well as we have today, and I think we can relax tomorrow and work and get even quicker. I feel I had a lot left and I made a few mistakes, but generally pretty happy with how things are going. It's fun to do one last race here at Long Beach."

Graham Rahal, No. 06 Hole in the Wall Camps Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone: "The car was definitely much better this afternoon but I still think there is a little ways to go to making it better. Certainly we could have been quicker but with the incident with Will Power, it kind of ruined the tires. Plus we didn't run the Bridgestone alternate tires. Realistically if you compare apples to apples, we're only a tenth-and-one half off of Justin's best time on the blacks (standard Bridgestone tires). We didn't think we had a realistic shot at pole so we decided it was best for us to run blacks and save a couple of sets of alternate tires to run tomorrow. It's nice to get back in the Champ Car. When I first got in I had to refresh my memory about a lot of the things I would take from the IndyCar Series car and vice versa. I obviously like the power and speed of these cars but there is something from each that would go into my ideal open wheel car."

-credit: nhlr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Graham Rahal , Will Power