Car 32, Mike Forest, Edmonton, AB, Canada Started 19th/ Finished 18th Championship Position -- 16th, 16 Points Driver Quotes: Mike Forest: I'll take this as a good learning weekend. It's a very physical track and my lower back is feeling it...
Car 32, Mike Forest, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Started 19th/ Finished 18th
Championship Position -- 16th, 16 Points
Mike Forest: I'll take this as a good learning weekend. It's a very physical track and my lower back is feeling it after three straight weekends of racing. We had struggled throughout the weekend with understeer and suddenly in the race I had oversteer early on. I made some (ant-roll) bar adjustments and that seemed to cure it until we got back to understeer later in the race. Try as I might, I just couldn't quite get a good enough draft through turn 10 and into turn 1 to make any passes and I made a slight mistake hitting the bump in turn 10 on the brakes near the end of the race that forced me to go into the run-off to recover. I'm looking forward to testing this week to try and take what we've learned over the last three races and put it to good use when the season picks up again in Portland.
Race Recap: A Learning Experience for Forest
(Houston, TX) April 22, 2007 -- Edmonton's Mike Forest drove the number 23 Miracle Sealants/PR-1 Motorsports entry in the Cooper Tires presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship powered by Mazda to 18th place in round 4 at the Grand Prix of Houston.
It was Forest's first visit to the JagFlo Speedway at Reliant Park and it would prove a good learning experience. The bumpy nature of the circuit made racecar set-up trickier and as a result provided a good test for Forest and his crew to try a variety of changes throughout the weekend.
Forest had a front-row seat for the races only major incident, which he made through unscathed in turn 3. From there it went green-flag racing until the end and the physical toll on Forest's back as he still recovers from a broken vertebrae suffered last season began to wear on him. Nevertheless, he continued to dog the cars ahead but with the cars so closely matched on the tight and bumpy circuit that offers only one bona fide passing zone Forest was unable to get around the cars ahead.
The Champ Car Atlantic Championship will have until June 8-10 to regroup, when the series visits Portland, OR for the first of events that will host a double-header race weekend. The Miracle Sealants/PR-1 Motorsports squad will be testing at Motorsport Ranch Houston this week.
A reminder that Forest's home race, the Grand Prix of Edmonton takes place at City Centre Airport from July 20-22.