FORECASTED INCLEMENT HELD OFF TO ENABLE WILSON AND RAHAL TO WORK ON RACE SETUPS FOR THE 92ND INDY 500 TODAY Justin Wilson, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "We did quite a bit of running today and worked on race sets for...
FORECASTED INCLEMENT HELD OFF TO ENABLE WILSON AND RAHAL TO WORK ON RACE SETUPS FOR THE 92ND INDY 500 TODAY
Justin Wilson, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "We did quite a bit of running today and worked on race sets for the McDonald's car. We worked on getting a good balance and tried to get a feel for how much downforce to run. I think we learned some things and we just have to analyze the data and work out exactly how we stand compared to everybody else. We don't think everyone's been on the same page. I know some people have put in some quick times but I don't think they were in full race trim. I ran in traffic for a while. I just sat behind Tony (Kanaan) and was not too bothered by the turbulent air so I was quite pleased with that. I was able to hang on and run around so generally the McDonald's car is feeling pretty good in traffic so far. We ran new tires and old tires and did a lot of full-tank running. We were trying to figure out what to expect come race day and how to balance the car in difficult conditions out there as well because the wind was such a factor. The 20 mph wind sock was completely horizontal; it was pretty windy out there and you could definitely feel it in the car. I was getting blown around. Sometimes I would turn into the corner and the car would shoot down to the apex and hug the road and other times you would turn in and the car would just shift around and you would slide up to the wall. It was hard to know what to expect lap after lap. I think the wind is more of a factor here because of the speeds we are doing and the lack of downforce we have in the car. If the weather cooperates tomorrow we will keep working on race setup because that is more important in order to get it as close to perfect ass possible come race day."
Graham Rahal, No. 06 Hole in the Wall Camps Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "It was pretty nice to be able to get some work done today. I think everybody woke up expecting to be drenched today so it was nice to get some laps in and run a race set up on the car which is something we hadn't done here. We ran around 90 laps and made pretty big strides. It was tough because it was extremely windy and that hurts you pretty bad. For the race setup you really want to run with a whole bunch of guys so from that standpoint it was good to run but once the wind started to pick up and it started to get a lot cooler it wasn't all that fun. I feel fine in traffic now. I was having a lot of fun with Tony (Kanaan). Obviously the more laps we get, the better we're going to be."