Chicagoland: Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing race report

McDONALD'S0x00ae DRIVER WILSON FINISHED 11TH IN THE PEAK ANTIFREEZE & MOTOR OIL INDY 300; HOLE IN THE WALL CAMPS DRIVER RAHAL RAN AS HIGH AS 5TH BEFORE PIT CONTACT Justin Wilson, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "I think it was a...

McDONALD'S0x00ae DRIVER WILSON FINISHED 11TH IN THE PEAK ANTIFREEZE & MOTOR OIL INDY 300; HOLE IN THE WALL CAMPS DRIVER RAHAL RAN AS HIGH AS 5TH BEFORE PIT CONTACT

Justin Wilson, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "I think it was a very eventful race. To be out there racing in a pack of cars was fun. We had a lot of overtaking to do today. It was good. We ran in the top-10 and we were good there. When it came down to the last stint I think everyone picked up the pace and we couldn't hang on. I'm reasonably happy with an 11th place finish. It's been a good year for the McDonald's team considering all of the challenges we had. (On Bombardier Rookie of the Year battle:) I needed to finish in the top-eight based on where Mutoh was running late in the race and I was going into Turn 3 on the last restart and had gotten a good run and thought I could pass a few cars and get it but the guy in front of me (Mutoh's teammate Marco Andretti) suddenly checked up and I was close to crashing so that let a couple more guys by me and we lost the Rookie of the Year championship because of it."

Graham Rahal, No. 06 Hole in the Wall Camps Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "I thought we had a very competitive car and were looking at a top-10 finish if not top-five. It was a shame things went wrong after we ran as high as fifth. At that point we had restart we were tenth and worked our way up to fifth. The car was really good and I was having a lot of fun running up front. It's a shame it didn't stay that way. In the end it came back to haunt us because we had problem after problem. By the time I knew Buddy (Rice) was on my outside leaving the pit box, we had already made contact. After that we were told to come in to replace the right mirror that had gotten hit earlier and had been off for a while. I was just hoping for a straightforward race and I thought that for once I might get it but I didn't. I could run with Helio. He passed me and then I could pass him back. I could run with those guys. I think it shows we have made progress. We still need to find more speed on our own but I was pretty happy with it."

-credit: nhlr

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