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Mcdonald's Driver Wilson To Start Third In The Honda Grand Prix Of St. Petersburg; Hole In The Wall Camps Driver Rahal To Start Ninth In His Series Debut Justin Wilson, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: b^0x001cThis weekend has just...

Mcdonald's Driver Wilson To Start Third In The Honda Grand Prix Of St. Petersburg; Hole In The Wall Camps Driver Rahal To Start Ninth In His Series Debut

Justin Wilson, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: b^0x001cThis weekend has just been great from start to finish for the McDonald's team. I'm glad to have made it through to the final six, and I'm pretty pleased with third. Would like to have gone a tenth quicker and got the pole position but that's racing and Tony (Kanaan) obviously put a good lap in. You definitely have to be fit for the new format but it's also mentally taxing to go through that emotional rollercoaster. It's tough to have to keep pushing yourself to the limit but I think it worked well. We weren't expecting to be this competitive but it's a dream come true considering what the team has been through the last five weeks. I think generally we're just very pleased with the way the McDonald's car is handling and hopefully we keep it up in the race tomorrow."

Graham Rahal, No. 06 Hole in the Wall Camps Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "On the first round of qualifying, I was on a fast lap and I came through the chicane and Mutoh was parked there and it ruined that lap. It was easily on pace with what these other guys did at the time. The series doesn't want you messing around on your in-lap but he must not have understood. We still made it into the second round of the fastest 12 cars and we ran a 63.0 on our third lap on old tires and everybody else was on new tires and we were P3 (third fast) and we were looking pretty good. And then, on my in-lap we were already two-tenths up and my engineer Todd said to go ahead and come in because we were going to change tires. We did that and didn't go quicker so we probably should have finished the other lap. Actually starting ninth isn't too bad considering all the challenges we've had

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Graham Rahal