Detroit: Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing qualifying report

McDONALD'S DRIVER WILSON TO START FOURTH IN THE DETROIT INDY GRAND PRIX PRESENTED BY FIRESTONE; HOLE IN THE WALL CAMPS DRIVER RAHAL TO START SIXTH Justin Wilson, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "In the first qualifying session...

McDONALD'S DRIVER WILSON TO START FOURTH IN THE DETROIT INDY GRAND PRIX PRESENTED BY FIRESTONE; HOLE IN THE WALL CAMPS DRIVER RAHAL TO START SIXTH

Justin Wilson, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "In the first qualifying session there were quite a lot of yellows and I just never got a lap time in. Finally I got one lap at the end and managed to put it in the lap time to be sixth and get the McDonald's car into the next (session with) 12. It was a pretty stressful event but we got through that and into the next session. Then we made it into the final six and the McDonalds car was working well. I was really pleased and I was going into the final six hoping the McDonald's car was going to be good enough for pole but Scott (Dixon) stepped it up and I couldn't quite get my car to hook up. I couldn't feel the limit, the bite. I wasn't happy with my lap in the final stretch but we just have to make the most of it now and look forward to the race and make a good race car to try and hopefully finish on the podium with the McDonald's team."

Graham Rahal, No. 06 Hole in the Wall Camps Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "Overall I think it was a pretty good day for us. It was my first time in the Firestone Fast Six so we're pretty happy about that. I think we, as a team, we felt this was a great opportunity for us to be competitive. Obviously in St. Pete Justin and myself were pretty quick so we felt that being back on a street course would play into our hands and certainly today kind of proved that. It was a bit of a trying weekend up to this point. We started out okay. Yesterday morning the car was pretty good and it just seemed like we could never quite get back to that point. Today my car was really good, especially in the second round of qualifying and we were able to put a pretty quick lap time in but unfortunately could never match it again. At the end of the day we came up a little short in the Firestone Fast Six but we are definitely happy to be there! It's difficult to pass so we knew that qualifying would be important."

-credit: nhrl

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Graham Rahal