Mid-Ohio: Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing qualifying report

McDONALD'S0 DRIVER WILSON TO START FOURTH FOR THE HONDA INDY 200 AT MID-OHIO: HOLE IN THE WALL CAMPS DRIVER AND HOMETOWN FAVORITE RAHAL 14TH Justin Wilson, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "I'm really pleased with fourth place start...

McDONALD'S0 DRIVER WILSON TO START FOURTH FOR THE HONDA INDY 200 AT MID-OHIO: HOLE IN THE WALL CAMPS DRIVER AND HOMETOWN FAVORITE RAHAL 14TH

Justin Wilson, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

"I'm really pleased with fourth place start for the McDonald's team because this morning I didn't expect us to make it to the third round of qualifying. I was asking if we would make the top-12. We made a change to the setup overnight and it wasn't right so we went back on the change for qualifying. It just means we are a couple of steps behind. We haven't tested at this track or on a road circuit yet so we are on a steep learning curve. I'm really pleased with the way we came back to get the McDonald's car in the top-six again. It's great. I felt we had a little more time we could get out of the car. It's just a little tricky to drive and I couldn't quite get it all out. I thought we could maybe sneak up a little bit closer to the front but at the end of the day I'm pretty happy with where we are. It feels good to make it to the Firestone Fast Six all three times in the IndyCar Series. We are going to keep chipping away at it so we can earn another pole this season."

Graham Rahal, No. 06 Hole in the Wall Camps Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

"I think we just went out too early and ran out of laps. Before the session we plan how many laps we are going to do and only put enough fuel in for that. We knew the track would get quicker and quicker but at Watkins Glen we went out too late and got caught out by the yellow so we tried to be cautious this time. Right at that last minute when I had to come in, I could feel the track getting better and better and dropped out of the top-six in our group to seventh. Once again we are just on the bad end of it. It's a shame but we've been working hard. This is the first time all year that I felt like I had a car that I could push to go a little bit quicker but it just didn't work out. We ran out of laps before we ran out of time. I told everyone that we needed to be cautiously optimistic about our results this weekend. I wish it was as easy as just going out, putting it on pole and go win the race but it's much easier to say than do. The qualifying format is great for the fans but it leaves some of us ticked off because you are so close but so far from advancing. We will do our best to move forward through the race and hope the race comes to us."

-credit: nhl

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Graham Rahal