Indy 500: Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing day nine report

WET CONDITIONS LIMITED PRACTICE FOR THE INDY 500 TO LESS THAN ONE HOUR; MORE RAIN IS FORECAST FOR TOMORROW OVERALL: After wet track conditions kept pushing back the 12-6 practice time, teams were finally cleared to run at approx. 5 p.m.

WET CONDITIONS LIMITED PRACTICE FOR THE INDY 500 TO LESS THAN ONE HOUR; MORE RAIN IS FORECAST FOR TOMORROW

OVERALL: After wet track conditions kept pushing back the 12-6 practice time, teams were finally cleared to run at approx. 5 p.m. local time. The session ended with less than 10 minutes to go due to heavy sprinkles on a part of the track.

Justin Wilson, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "We weren't able to accomplish a lot today. We wanted to put a few miles on some parts on the McDonald's car and that's about all we did. We went out at the end with some new tires after having run old tires before that and were trying to put down a baseline just to quantify a few changes we've made since Saturday and I got halfway around on my first timed lap and it rained. As I was finishing my out lap the guys came on the radio and said it was raining in Turn 3. Just when I was thinking we would get a chance to baseline it and learn something we had to stop. We did a few laps on old tires and that was about it today. We have a lot of work to do on Friday and Saturday in terms of race setup."

Graham Rahal, No. 06 Hole in the Wall Camps Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "We didn't get much done in terms of setup today but we had some parts we needed to get broken in so I guess we accomplished something. It's better to do it today than to waste time on another day but it's tough to not be on track more. I'm one of those guys that overthinks things a little too much and any time you are going over 200 mph and you see rain drops on your visor... I don't like that too much. Overall we got those parts broken in and also know that the car has too much understeer in traffic. Based on the forecast, we consider tomorrow gone. The forecast is good for Friday and I think we'll just work on race set up and even again on Saturday morning. We had a good qualifying car so we'll just throw that setup on and I think we can get in the field comfortably and go from there."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Graham Rahal