Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Australia qualifying notes

McDONALD'S DRIVER WILSON SET FASTEST LAP OF WEEKEND BUT QUALIFIED NINTH FOR THE NIKON INDY 300; RAIN ALSO LIMITED HOLE IN THE WALL CAMPS DRIVER RAHAL TO 13TH OVERALL: Rain fell at the start of qualifying for Rahal and the rest of Group 1 and...

McDONALD'S DRIVER WILSON SET FASTEST LAP OF WEEKEND BUT QUALIFIED NINTH FOR THE NIKON INDY 300; RAIN ALSO LIMITED HOLE IN THE WALL CAMPS DRIVER RAHAL TO 13TH

OVERALL: Rain fell at the start of qualifying for Rahal and the rest of Group 1 and eased as the session went on. Wilson and Group 2 ran their session on rain tires as well and when Wilson progressed to Round 2 the 12 drivers gradually switched to slick tires as part of the track quickly dried. With limited time left in the session when the action went back to green, Wilson's mid-field pit location made it difficult for him to run another lap before the checkered flag came out and he dropped out of the top-six while others ahead of him in the pit order were able to run an additional lap and improve their lap times on the drying track and continue to the Firestone Fast Six.

Justin Wilson, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "Based on our potential I am pretty disappointed. The McDonald's team ran the quickest time the whole weekend but our starting position doesn't reflect that. I thought we had a lot of potential but we couldn't get a lap out of it quick enough. We were slipping and sliding around. In conditions like that where its wet and drying you need to be able to get on it and I couldn't for whatever reason. Anything can happen in this race especially with a rolling start here.JIt's going to chaos at Turn 1. I think we can still be very smart and work this out because it's by no means over. We can still win this race and show what we are capable of."

Graham Rahal, No. 06 Hole in the Wall Camps Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "I'm extremely disappointed with our qualifying session. We have had a good car this weekend and had it been dry I really do think we could have challenged for the pole position. Its frustrating knowing we're starting 13th and unfortunately we're starting near some people who can make our lives more difficult in the race. I feel bad for the guys who have worked so hard. We were just so close and only missed progressing to the next session by a tenth of a second."

-credit: nhlr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Graham Rahal