Richmond: Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing quaifying report

HOLE IN THE WALL CAMPS DRIVER RAHAL QUALIFIED THIRD FOR THE SUNTRUST INDY CHALLENGE AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY; TRACK CONDITIONS HINDERED McDONALD'S DRIVER WILSON WHO WAS FIRST ON TRACK IN QUALIFYING Justin Wilson, No. 02 McDonald's ...

HOLE IN THE WALL CAMPS DRIVER RAHAL QUALIFIED THIRD FOR THE SUNTRUST INDY CHALLENGE AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY; TRACK CONDITIONS HINDERED McDONALD'S DRIVER WILSON WHO WAS FIRST ON TRACK IN QUALIFYING

Justin Wilson, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

"Being the first out in qualifying is never ideal. The thunderstorm and the different type of rubber from the cars before us made it difficult and I was sliding around quite a bit. I was just trying to hang on. We have been a little bit off on our setups the whole weekend.JI felt like we got somewhere in the last practice session but it was hard to get the time out of the car in the laps available. The car was just starting to come on though and we were getting quicker each lap. The grip was just coming up and I'm not sure if that was because of the rain or the different type of rubber. It's frustrating. We came here thinking we would be reasonable but we've been so far off pace.JIt has been a difficult weekend but as usual the McDonald's team works through it and we get quicker and we have a better race than we do qualifying."

Graham Rahal, No. 06 Hole in the Wall Camps Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

"Everything really came together for us in qualifying. We've been struggling here all weekend. Luckily if it was going to come together at one point it's good that it's in qualifying. It would be even better if it came together tomorrow. Obviously it's important to start up front here because it's really hard to pass so we're pretty happy. We made a bunch of changes. The guys did a good job because all weekend we've been struggling and struggling and just didn't know what to do so I didn't know what to expect in qualifying. I figured we would be close to Justin's time but when I went out there the car was really good. The only thing holding me back from going flat was that I couldn't get the car to downshift mid-corner. I think that if our gearing was a little bit different, which we will know for next year because we didn't expect to go this fast obviously, I think we would have had a shot at pole."

-credit: nhlr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Graham Rahal