Red Bull Team Forsythe Atlantic Team Encounters Steep Learning Curve at Cleveland CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Friday, June 22, 2007 -- Burke Lakefront Airport, site of this weekend's Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by LaSalle Bank,...
Red Bull Team Forsythe Atlantic Team Encounters Steep Learning Curve at Cleveland
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Friday, June 22, 2007 -- Burke Lakefront Airport, site of this weekend's Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by LaSalle Bank, presents a unique challenge to the rookie drivers of the Champ Car Atlantic Championship. With runways, taxiways and grass seeming to merge together when viewed from the cockpit of a Swift 016.a Atlantic car, finding visual reference points for braking and cornering is a challenge overcome only with many laps around the 2.106-mile temporary road course on the shore of Lake Erie. With two young drivers who have never been to Cleveland, the Red Bull Team Forsythe Atlantic squad spent the first day of the event learning their way around the twists, turns and bumps of this notoriously fast and rough circuit.
Robert Wickens #3 Red Bull / INDECK Mazda-Cosworth/Cooper/Swift
"This is a really fun track to drive but I'm still trying to learn my way around! It's very bumpy in a few spots and we need to work on keeping the rear end stable over those rough places but we're chipping away at it. I missed half the practice session this morning when another driver made a dive-bomb move at Turn 1 on the very first lap of the session and wrecked my front end; I mean, it's the first lap! But the crew did an amazing job and replaced the whole right front suspension in about 15 minutes so I was able to get back out on track for the last bit of the session. Tomorrow we should be able to move up into the lead group and hopefully get a good starting spot for Sunday."
John Edwards #7 Red Bull / INDECK Mazda-Cosworth/Cooper/Swift
"It's taking a while to figure out where to brake and turn, but we're getting there. We need a bit more overall grip so we'll look at the data tonight and get the car better for tomorrow. That last chicane is tricky; it's very tight as you enter it but then you come out onto this huge runway so I've still got some time to find right there. I had a lot of understeer in a few places that turned into snap oversteer when I tried to drive around the problem, but the guys were getting the car better and better so I'm looking forward to tomorrow. This looks like it's going to be a great place to race!"
Qualifying continues on Saturday, getting underway at 12:40pm ET (16:40 UTC). For more information about Atlantic, including live streaming video of all events, visit the official series website at www.ChampCarAtlantic.com.