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McDONALD'S DRIVER WILSON AND HOLE IN THE WALL CAMPS DRIVER RAHAL MAXIMIZE ONE HOUR OF ROOKIE PRACTICE IN ADVANCE OF ABC SUPPLY / A.J. FOYT 225 Justin Wilson, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "The additional practice time was very ...

McDONALD'S DRIVER WILSON AND HOLE IN THE WALL CAMPS DRIVER RAHAL MAXIMIZE ONE HOUR OF ROOKIE PRACTICE IN ADVANCE OF ABC SUPPLY / A.J. FOYT 225

Justin Wilson, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "The additional practice time was very useful; it allowed us time to at least try to get the McDonald's car a little bit closer. We're just working on our setup; getting a feel for it. I think we can go away and study the information tonight and hopefully hit the ground running tomorrow. We used some of the knowledge we had from running the Champ cars here but obviously it doesn't always translate. The aerodynamic configuration of this car is very different and this is the kind of track where that shows up. So that's what we're trying to learn -- the right aero balance and ride heights. The mechanical setup is quite similar to the Champ car. I came across a few people in traffic and that information was useful. I don't think we're quite there yet with the car yet to slide through the pack. It's going to be busy out there with 26 other cars on the track and you'll need a car that's good in traffic. For pit stops, the break between Graham's pit and mine is very valuable. This pit lane is so short and tight. My initial reaction when I got to the track was surprising. I came here with Champ Car and it seemed like a big place and you carry a lot of speed here and I thought 'Wow, this is fast, this oval stuff.' But coming here after Indy is much different. Your whole perspective has changed. It takes a while to adjust to running on a mile as opposed to a 2.5 mile oval."

Graham Rahal, No. 06 Hole in the Wall Camps Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "This is a tough oval and a tough place to come to and so it was good to go out there and kind of get used to it. Any time you can get out there and learn and gain as much knowledge and experience as you can is a good thing. I think we definitely learned quite a lot about the car in just a short period of time. We made a big change there at the end, went back out and I was really happy with the car on our own but once we got in a bit of traffic I couldn't believe it. I can't believe what its going to be like with 27 cars because with 11 cars it was already busy on track."

-credit: nhlr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Graham Rahal