EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada -- Saturday, July 22, 2006 -- Despite high temperatures that affected handling and crowded conditions on the 1.973-mile JAGflo Speedway at City Centre Airport in Edmonton, Forsythe Championship Racing's four-car "Track ...
EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada -- Saturday, July 22, 2006 -- Despite high temperatures that affected handling and crowded conditions on the 1.973-mile JAGflo Speedway at City Centre Airport in Edmonton, Forsythe Championship Racing's four-car "Track Pack" all secured good grid positions in the top six rows for Sunday's West Edmonton Mall Grand Prix Presented by The Brick Atlantic Race. Led by Andreas Wirth, second in the Championship standings and fourth on the race grid, the foursome will be looking for valuable points as the ultra-competitive 2006 season enters its final five races.
"Several times I was on very quick laps but came up on traffic, so I'm not as happy as I would like. The car was very good so I think we'll be able to move up during the race, but it would be a lot easier to lead from the front for sure! But I can't complain too much and want to give credit to the team. All the guys did a fantastic job this weekend and every time we had some sort of handling issue they were able to improve the car for me right away. It's going to be a great race!"
"I'm pretty happy. That's one of my best qualifying sessions of the year, but I had some traffic on my last two laps and maybe could have improved more. But the car is very balanced and seems to be pretty easy on the tires so if I can run quick laps all race long I think the #33 INDECK/Layer 7 car will be a factor at the end. Maybe I'll just follow Andreas through to the lead!"
"I'm a bit disappointed after being second in Qualifying yesterday. Today it seemed like the heat really took a toll on the handling of the Emexis car. I had quite a bit of understeer that we just couldn't quite get rid of. Every time I went through the fast sweepers at the end of the lap the car would go into the little compression that's there and the front end would suddenly grab, so I was pretty much just hanging on trying to keep it out of the tires. But we'll have a look at the data and I'm confident we'll have a good car tomorrow."
"I had quite a bit of understeer everywhere, but the real problem was that it kept causing the rear end to snap out when the front suddenly found grip midway through the corner. This is a really fast track and a lot of fun to drive, but snap oversteer is not what you want! But the race should be better and this week there's a lot more room in Turn 1 so hopefully everyone can get through cleanly. This is a track that's going to invite a lot of contact and off-track excursions so if we can keep the Layer 7 car out of trouble we should be able to move up."
The Atlantic race is scheduled to get underway Sunday at 2pm local/MT (4pm ET, 20:00 UTC). The race can be watched live on the Internet, or on a one-week tape-delayed basis on SPEED TV (check local listings). For more information, please visit the official series website at www.ChampCarAtlantic.com.