Watkins Glen: Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing qualifying report

McDONALD'S DRIVER WILSON NARROWLY MISSED WINNING POLE AND WILL START SECOND IN THE CAMPING WORLD GRAND PRIX AT THE GLEN; HOLE IN THE WALL CAMPS DRIVER RAHAL 18TH AFTER REBOUNDING FROM A CRASH IN PRACTICE Justin Wilson, No. 02 McDonald's ...

McDONALD'S DRIVER WILSON NARROWLY MISSED WINNING POLE AND WILL START SECOND IN THE CAMPING WORLD GRAND PRIX AT THE GLEN; HOLE IN THE WALL CAMPS DRIVER RAHAL 18TH AFTER REBOUNDING FROM A CRASH IN PRACTICE

Justin Wilson, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "It was our plan to come in before the end of the session because we planned to use a certain amount of fuel. Obviously weight is a big factor and having enough fuel to do an extra lap is a big deal so we are trying to do everything to a minimum and this was our best shot. To come back in the pits, get out the car, see the timing and go from first to second by a couple of hundredths (of a second) is quite frustrating. But at the same time I'm very pleased with the performance we had in qualifying and we had this weekend, considering we came straight to this track completely blind. We haven't tested here, we haven't done any running. We still haven't tested on a road course. I think the McDonald's team has done a fantastic job. I'm just very excited at being able to challenge for the pole position. My car was working really well. There were a couple of times on the last lap where I knew I had to pull something out. I think three times I thought I'd put it in the wall. But fortunately the McDonald's car was gripping well, hanging on. I was just able to get back on the power. I closed my eyes on a few of the exits."

Graham Rahal, No. 06 Hole in the Wall Camps Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "On the first run in qualifying we thought we would just get up to speed so we could make sure that everything was fixed properly after the crash this morning. We were going to go out on the second run and really go for it but there was no second run because Foyt IV crashed. It's frustrating because my guys worked so hard to fix the car that I wanted to reward them with something. We kind of went out there flying blind and threw the whole thing together and thought the second run would be our best. Basically on our first timed lap, A.J. hit so that was it. I'll try to do my best tomorrow and hopefully we can move up through good pit stops. Strategy can certainly play into our hands. We've got nothing to lose."

-credit: nhlr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Graham Rahal