Indy 500: Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing second day qualifying notes

DAY 2 OF QUALIFYING FOR THE INDY 500 WAS CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN; WILSON AND RAHAL MAKE ALTERNATE PLANS Justin Wilson, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "It's quite frustrating not being able to run today but that's how it is. You...

DAY 2 OF QUALIFYING FOR THE INDY 500 WAS CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN; WILSON AND RAHAL MAKE ALTERNATE PLANS

Justin Wilson, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "It's quite frustrating not being able to run today but that's how it is. You can't change the weather. We (Justin and Graham) both realize how close we came to getting in the top-11 and that's quite an achievement considering where we started out. We are slowly making progress. We didn't expect to be able to get in the race on the first day and we were both really close so that is encouraging. As far as our agenda this week, I presume we will validate a couple of little things we have changed on the car for qualifying and then switch over to race set up and make sure the McDonald's car works well in traffic and is consistent over the longer runs. We need to split time then we will switch it back for qualifying later in the week and get ready for Saturday qualifying. Now I have experienced qualifying. You know what happens you know how the car works. Its good to get that experience especially seeing as I wasn't expecting to qualify yesterday so I didn't put too much pressure on myself. It was nice to go out there and run four laps flat out and not feel like I was going to crash. Hopefully we can repeat that come Saturday and be the best of the second qualifying group. Due to the rain I will have two nights at home instead of one. I'm looking forward to seeing (my wife) Julia and (newborn daughter) Jane again."

Graham Rahal, No. 06 Hole in the Wall Camps Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "It's disappointing that we weren't able to qualify today. It would have been nice to get in today and that was our original goal because we didn't realistically think we would get in on the first day but when it looked possible we readjusted our goals. We're still going to focus on race setups this week but we will have to focus some time on qualifying. After yesterday we feel pretty comfortable that we can solidly be in the field. We'll take a little wing out Saturday morning and go for it but we need to focus on having a good race car. Of course qualifying is important but the race is what it really comes down to. I feel really comfortable out there. Yesterday in qualifying especially the car was really good and I'm really happy with it. Obviously we still need to find a little more speed but we have made some good progress. I'm looking forward to the race. If there is one thing in the IndyCar Series that I am still getting used to it's the traffic on the ovals. It's certainly taking a little while but I'm looking forward to getting out there in the race and see how it is. Now that we have the day off, I'm going to go shopping for some golf equipment for a golf tournament I will be in tomorrow at Brickyard Crossing."

-credit: nhlr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Graham Rahal