Long Beach: Walker Racing Saturday notes

WALKER RACING COMPLETES FINAL QUALIFYING Long Beach, CA (April 14, 2007)- It was a tough day for Walker Racing drivers, Swiss rookie Simona De Silvestro and Brit Ryan Lewis, as they battled the 1.968 mile street course in Long Beach for final ...

WALKER RACING COMPLETES FINAL QUALIFYING

Long Beach, CA (April 14, 2007)- It was a tough day for Walker Racing drivers, Swiss rookie Simona De Silvestro and Brit Ryan Lewis, as they battled the 1.968 mile street course in Long Beach for final Champ Car Atlantic qualifying today.

The Indianapolis based quad came out ready to roll as they improved from this morning's practice session, but unfortunately got caught in traffic. Lewis had some issues with his car early on in the session, but the team quickly got it sorted to give him a car good enough for pole. Regrettably, the Brit was held up by the red flag where he clocked a time of 1:17.206, 91.765 mph resulting in a 16th spot on the grid for tomorrow's race.

Feeling the similar effects of her teammate, De Silvestro had some unfortunate luck as well. Constantly learning and getting comfortable with the car, the Swiss Miss found herself adjusting to the Swift 016a./Mazda-Cosworth chassis as she fought her way through traffic. The 18 year-old will start 19th on the grid after completing a time of 1:17.261, 91.700 mph.

Walker Racing will hit the track tomorrow for a 15-minute warm-up at 8:00 a.m. PT and then Round 2 of the 2007 Atlantic Championship takes the green flag at 10:35 a.m.

What they had to say.....

Simona De Silvestro: "We had some trouble with some under-steer and then I caught some traffic at the end. It wasn't the best qualifying I've had, but that's part of the learning experience. We will be at the back, but we will just try to go up front and push our way. It will be a little difficult on this track, but we will try our best and I think we can do it."

Ryan Lewis: "The car was great, it felt great. I really think that we could have been on pole. I just grabbed the left front wheel and had to go down the escape road and that probably would have put me P1. Then when the red flags came out I had two laps and then there was an accident, which was unfortunate for us."

Derrick Walker, Walker Racing Owner: "We had a small car issue with Ryan's car, but it only delayed him a couple of laps. The improvements we have made since the last session were very good ones. If we had managed to improve the lap we would have been right up there. It's unfortunate that we just didn't carry that time to the conclusion otherwise I think he would have been sitting good for the race. Simona has not really been comfortable with the car here. We haven't had it well enough for her to do better, but it's part of the learning curve. Both of our drivers have to start back in the grid, which is going to be a hard day for them tomorrow, but they've got to keep their heads up and pick them off one at a time."

-credit: wr

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Series Atlantic
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