Long Beach: Walker Racing Saturday report

Walker Racing Atlantics Prepared for First Long Beach Race Long Beach, CA (April 19, 2008)- Walker Racing's pilots, Englishmen Greg and Leo Mansell, and Canadian Kevin Lacroix, continued their learning curve today. The trio battled the...

Walker Racing Atlantics Prepared for First Long Beach Race

Long Beach, CA (April 19, 2008)- Walker Racing's pilots, Englishmen Greg and Leo Mansell, and Canadian Kevin Lacroix, continued their learning curve today. The trio battled the competitive Atlantic field in final qualifying for tomorrow's Imperial Capital Bank Atlantic Challenge of Long Beach.

Despite having missed most of this morning's practice session, due to issues with his gearbox, Lacroix (No.25 Uni-Select/Deans Knight Capital Management Ltd./Wasteco) had a very strong performance in qualifying. The Canadian clocked a time of 1:16.270 (92.891 mph), placing him fifth on the grid for his ninth Atlantic start, and his first start at Long Beach.

Today proved to be a little tougher for Greg Mansell (No. 5 Sunseeker), who struggled to find the right setup on his car recording the 14th fastest time of 1:16.908 (92.120 mph). Tomorrow will mark the rookie's first Atlantic start as well has his first time to compete on the Long Beach circuit.

It was mission accomplished again today for Leo Mansell (No. 15 Sunseeker) who needed more miles and laps. The 23 year old posted a time of 1:17.678 (91.197 mph), putting him 21st on the grid for tomorrow's race.

Walker Racing will hit the pavement for The Imperial Capital Bank Atlantic Challenge of Long Beach at 10:35 a.m. PT on Sunday. For more updates on the team, please visit www.walkerracing.com.

What they had to say...

Derrick Walker, Walker Racing Owner: "Good starting position, the car is good and has been good all weekend. We knew we had it in us. Kevin did really well qualifying and we got a good starting position. Greg and Leo, we still have some more work to do on the car to get them more comfortable and they are gaining every time they go out they get more and more familiar with Atlantics. We just need to keep working on the car and we will get them up front too and just give them time. Overall, the team did a great job."

Greg Mansell (No.5 Sunseeker): "Overall, I'm pretty disappointed. I was hoping to be a lot further up the grid. All weekend we have been struggling trying to get a good balance on the car and halfway through the session we thought we found a little bit, but due to the track, or the tires going off, we lost it again. Tomorrow we just need to get as good of a setup as we can and gain as many positions as we can."

Leo Mansell (No.15 Sunseeker): "Today was tough. We made some improvements and got closer towards the field, but still have a lot of work to do. We have a lot of running tomorrow in the race. Hopefully, we just gain experience for the rest of the season. It's going to be tough starting from where we are, but we just need to have a good race and finish and see what happens."

Kevin Lacroix (No.25 Uni-Select/Deans Knight Capital Management Ltd./Wasteco): "We had some problems in practice this morning so we didn't get too many laps in. We still had great progress in qualifying and if we had the time this morning we would have been better. We were only three tenths off of first, so I think that is pretty good. For the race we will just work on getting up front, and being safe on the first corner because it is pretty tight and we are coming fast to the start. We just need to be intelligent for the first few laps and then run the race."

-credit: wr

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Kevin Lacroix , Leo Mansell , Greg Mansell