McDONALD'S DRIVER WILSON FIFTH FASTEST IN PRACTICE FOR THE REXALL EDMONTON INDY; REXALL-OILERS DRIVER RAHAL NINTH Justin Wilson, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "I think the McDonald's team is reasonably okay in terms of setup. It's...
McDONALD'S DRIVER WILSON FIFTH FASTEST IN PRACTICE FOR THE REXALL EDMONTON INDY; REXALL-OILERS DRIVER RAHAL NINTH
Justin Wilson, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "I think the McDonald's team is reasonably okay in terms of setup. It's difficult to know when other people ran old tires versus new ones. We know when we have and haven't and we feel like we are reasonably competitive but I would like to feel a bit more confidence from the car. It's not where I think we can be. We have a little work to do but we're on old tires running fifth so I'm reasonably happy with it. This car bounces around a lot more than the Champ Car did and there doesn't seem to be as much grip on the track so it's very difficult to drive. I think everyone is seeing that based on how many cars are spinning off. It's making life tough but we're going to have to try to make the most of it. I think the race is going to be interesting."
Graham Rahal, No. 06 Rexall-Oilers Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "The start of the day was all right but I think we were a little too far off in terms of setup. We were close enough though that we decided to make this afternoon's session a little bit of a test session. We went out on a limb and tried some things and now we're are a heck of a lot closer than we were at the start of the day. We're pretty happy with that but of course we still need to find a little more speed. We're competitive at least. We're right there with the top guys. We still need to work on some stability issues but we have tonight to think about it. Then we'll try to shoot for pole tomorrow or at least try to make it through all the rounds because I can't seem to make it through to the second round this year even if we are quick. This is such a different car than we are used to here. We showed up and the car was bottoming like crazy. It was like getting punched in the face 10 times a lap and it hurts. We made some improvement. This car isn't nearly as nice over the bumps or curbing as a Champ Car. It's more of an oval car. Obviously we had to work on that quite a lot. To be fast here quite frankly you have to be aggressive. The bumps are obviously the most important part of this because it is such a bumpy circuit. We made a lot of improvements but there is still a ways to go."