St. Pete: Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Friday report

Mcdonald's Driver Wilson Fourth Overall For Day 1 Of The Honda Grand Prix Of St. Petersburg After Setting The Fastest Time In The Morning Session; Hole In The Wall Camps Driver Rahal 14TH Overall For The Day And Fifth Fastest In The ...

Mcdonald's  Driver Wilson Fourth Overall For Day 1 Of The Honda Grand Prix
Of St. Petersburg  After Setting The Fastest Time In The Morning Session; Hole
In The Wall Camps  Driver Rahal 14TH Overall For The Day And Fifth Fastest In
The  Morning

Justin Wilson, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "The McDonald' s car was quick off the trailer so I am quite pleased with how it's gone. The guys have worked pretty hard for the last five weeks now and this is the first chance we have really had to start on a street course and so far so good. We've got a few ideas of what we need to do for qualifying and have done some things that have helped. We tried some things in the last session that gave us an indication of what direction we want to go in but we just never got a real lap in during the last session. I think everyone probably has the same complaint where they got held up and the yellow flags interrupted their fast laps. I think we are in reasonable shape. You never like to get too carried away but so far I feel like the McDonald's car is quick and now its time

Graham Rahal,  No. 06 Hole in the Wall Camps Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  "This
morning we were pretty strong and I still think we are okay.  It was just
tough to get a clear lap out  there and there were so many yellows because so
many people were going off.  It was impossible to get a clear lap and  I was
getting stuck behind some drivers.  Unfortunately the second session just didn't
go as well.  The car was still pretty good.  The car is close to where it needs
to  be.  Obviously there is still some  work to be done but I find no reason
we can't be running in the top-five like we  were.  It was just tough to get a
 clear lap.  For the guys up at the  front of pit lane and those that are
quickest, it's easier because they are  first out of the pits.  That's a  prime
spot and one we were lucky enough to get pretty often last year.  They get
some clear laps right out of  the pits after the many cautions.  It's certainly
tough from the other end of pit lane.  We have learned a lot today and the car
was pretty good right out of the box and we were quick.  It brought some
smiles to the guys faces  and it would be good to do it again tomorrow.  It would
be ideal if we could have a day  like today, which was awesome but if it
rains, I'm fine with  that."

-credit: nhlr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Graham Rahal