Watkins Glen: Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Friday report

McDONALD'S DRIVER WILSON SIXTH FAST IN PRACTICE FOR THE CAMPING WORLD GRAND PRIX AT THE GLEN; HOLE IN THE WALL CAMPS DRIVER RAHAL 12TH Justin Wilson, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "We made some gains today and were able to make the...

McDONALD'S DRIVER WILSON SIXTH FAST IN PRACTICE FOR THE CAMPING WORLD GRAND PRIX AT THE GLEN; HOLE IN THE WALL CAMPS DRIVER RAHAL 12TH

Justin Wilson, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "We made some gains today and were able to make the McDonald's car go progressively faster. What is really nice is that everything we thought would work has worked so far and I'm quite confident about the next step too. I'm looking forward to getting out tomorrow and hopefully we can be even quicker. It's great to be back on a road course. It's such a fantastic road course as well. You go through so many corners and you can feel the grip coming up. Last weekend it felt like we were driving around Richmond on wet tires with zero grip and to come here where the grip level is so high, and so fast is great. It's a nice feeling having the car grab hold and take you around the corner like that. The race is going to be tough but they all seem to be tough so far. It will be physically tough and tough to stay hydrated with the heat and also because the steering is heavy. You've got to carry a lot of speed on these corners. Every fraction of a mile an hour you can carry pays off big time. In the race, that is going to get quite demanding. I'm looking forward to it."

Graham Rahal, No. 06 Hole in the Wall Camps Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "I think we have made some strides today. There might have been a little bit left in the car there at the end but it was tough to get a lap because of everyone coming out of the pits. If you catch up to the back of a slower car, you're toast. We made some gains but we're still not quite there yet. It's really nice to be on a road course again. It takes a couple of laps to get used to it again actually. It's nice to be off an oval for a weekend and we can get back to one refreshed. Now we need to work on the setup to be competitive on these as well. I expected that we would show up here a little bit closer to the front but overall the guys are working hard and that's all that counts. As long as we keep working toward the final goal of winning we'll get there. You never know about race day. Maybe there will be a little rain and that works right into our hands. We'll see."

-credit: nhlr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Graham Rahal