Nashville: Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing race report

HOLE IN THE WALL CAMPS DRIVER RAHAL FINISHED 12TH IN THE RAIN SHORTENED FIRESTONE INDY 200; McDONALD'S DRIVER WILSON SUFFERED A SOFTWARE-RELATED GEAR SHIFT PROBLEM AND FINISHED 18TH Justin Wilson, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: ...

HOLE IN THE WALL CAMPS DRIVER RAHAL FINISHED 12TH IN THE RAIN SHORTENED FIRESTONE INDY 200; McDONALD'S DRIVER WILSON SUFFERED A SOFTWARE-RELATED GEAR SHIFT PROBLEM AND FINISHED 18TH

Justin Wilson, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "I never felt the McDonald's car was very strong in a straight line all race long. It was a little bit odd. The handling of the car was feeling good; we just sat there being patient trying not to do anything silly and trying to move forward step by step. At that point the plan was working but then I started to get what felt like a misfire or hitting the rev limited which was killing my straight line speed. After a while I suddenly lost fifth gear and fortunately a yellow came out but we managed to get back going again and it recovered for a while. We had tried every setting but it gave up finally and we had to come in and change the whole gear cluster. The guys did a good job of switching it over very quickly. We got back out there only for it to rain. It's disappointing and frustrating but we've still got four wheels on the car and we're going back to a road course."

Graham Rahal, No. 06 Hole in the Wall Camps Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "I think we were making progress at the end of that second stint. The car started to come to me. It's just hard to follow and I'm a little gun-shy about going high around anybody. I think (Ryan) Hunter-Reay proved that there was a reason to be. It's tough to pass, it's tough to follow. And unfortunately, a couple of times on the restart who ever was in front of me would kind of just bog me down and I would become a sitting duck. The guys have been working hard all weekend and we have to be pretty happy with how competitive we were here. It was a step up from how we have been on the other superspeedways. We'll just move forward and keep working from what we learned here. I think a lot of people were surprised by our pace and certainly we were too. It's pretty exciting to be only 8/10ths of a mile an hour off the Ganassi boys in qualifying versus four or five miles so we're pretty happy. "

-credit: nhlr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Graham Rahal