Kansas: Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing race report

McDONALD'S DRIVER WILSON FINISHED NINTH IN THE ROAD RUNNER TURBO INDY 300 AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY; HOLE IN THE WALL CAMPS DRIVER RAHAL FINISHED 12TH IN HIS INDYCAR SERIES OVAL DEBUT Justin Wilson, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "The ...

McDONALD'S DRIVER WILSON FINISHED NINTH IN THE ROAD RUNNER TURBO INDY 300 AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY; HOLE IN THE WALL CAMPS DRIVER RAHAL FINISHED 12TH IN HIS INDYCAR SERIES OVAL DEBUT

Justin Wilson, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "The McDonald's car was great in traffic and when I was in a draft. It was great to be able to keep up and start to race people. I was enjoying myself and having fun. As soon as we lost the draft we struggled to keep up with the pace. That's the part where these other teams have had years of experience on us so hopefully we will work that out over the next couple of weeks and close some of that gap. Generally I am just very pleased with how the McDonald's car ran and feel like we are starting to be able to race well. We just need to work on some little things. We learned a little bit by leading the race and running in the front pack. The leaders can run a bit freer; they can draft right by you and you can pull in behind them just sit and hold their draft for a little while until they pull away. We learned a little bit by doing that. I was a little concerned when the guys were giving me the countdown 'Five, four, three, two, one lap before you pit' under green and we were going to go two laps down which is just not good. But right then the yellow came out and saved us. It feels nice to be on the right strategy for a change. We lucked out on a few of the others.All in all it's been a good experience today. I got held up behind Viso coming into the pits on one stop and lost a lot of time. He was very slow at pit in and then didn't know where his pit box was so we lost a lot of time with that. We had five seconds on the leaders and came out a second behind them so we lost position because of that. It was frustrating but that's how it goes. It feels great to race like this on an oval where we were flat out and it was fun to race. I think we are at a good point to build on."

Graham Rahal, No. 06 Hole in the Wall Camps Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "I was pretty happy with the competitiveness of the car. Especially with the teams that we thought we would be competing with. I was pretty happy with it. The biggest thing today was to learn who you can trust, who you can't. Where you could run and where you can't. To get confidence to run on the high line takes quite a bit of guts. It takes some heart to run up there and know that the thing is going to stick and you'll be alright. It's just nice to get a full 199, or whatever, laps. That's what I am most happy about. The pit stops were alright but it's always tough to get in and out of the pits. It wasn't the easiest thing I have ever done but the biggest thing is to get your rhythm coming in and out of the pits. I'm just glad we finished. I had a vibration in my right rear and I can assure you it makes you nervous at 220 mph and feeling the thing wiggle around. Overall it was great to finish the race and get a lot of experience."

-credit: nhlr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Graham Rahal