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HOLE IN THE WALL CAMPS DRIVER RAHAL AND McDONALD'S DRIVER WILSON 5TH AND 6TH RESPECTIVELY IN PRACTICE FOR THE NIKON INDY 300 IN AUSTRALIA Justin Wilson, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "This morning went a little smoother than this...

HOLE IN THE WALL CAMPS DRIVER RAHAL AND McDONALD'S DRIVER WILSON 5TH AND 6TH RESPECTIVELY IN PRACTICE FOR THE NIKON INDY 300 IN AUSTRALIA

Justin Wilson, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "This morning went a little smoother than this afternoon for the McDonald's team. On old tires we were very quick but this afternoon wasn't as good and we lost a little bit of performance but I'm confident we can come back tomorrow and fight for pole. We went back on some things we changed and got the performance back but never got to complete a lap after that because there were so many yellows. I was on a pretty good lap that the engineers figured would put me around second fastest but the yellow came out. We'll see what we can do tomorrow but I'm confident we'll be up there trying to get pole. I think the experience of having come here before in a Champ Car counted for a lot as well as the knowledge we gained in the Indy car at the other street races this year. I think the experience we gained this year played into it more than anything else. We're learning all the time. We're still developing the car and still haven't tested this car on a road or street circuit yet so we're still out there in pit lane changing big things because its our chance to learn what the car can do. Its just part of the process of coming over to a new series. You make two steps forward and one step back and try to work out what's good and what's bad."

Graham Rahal, No. 06 Hole in the Wall Camps Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "I think there is a little more in the car but overall the day went as well as I could have imagined it going. Of course it would be nice to be first but it kind of seems like (Will) Power is in a league of his own right now but I think that we are definitely pretty close. Our car is pretty good and with a little bit of fine tuning it should get us to where we need to be to challenge for the pole and everything else. It's definitely not far off and the nice thing is knowing that we are so close. Before the last session we were sitting in the trailer comparing Indy car data with Champ Car data just to look at racing lines. It is different driving here in the Indy car. It feels different and a little harder over the curbing. We made a lot of strides today just making it better over the curbing and that's what we needed."

-credit: nhlr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Graham Rahal