Mont-Tremblant: Walker Racing Friday test notes

Walker Racing Back on Track in Mont Tremblant Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada (June 27, 2008)- After a long six week break, Walker Racing was happy to get back on track. The Indianapolis based squad completed a successful test today in ...

Walker Racing Back on Track in Mont Tremblant

Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada (June 27, 2008)- After a long six week break, Walker Racing was happy to get back on track. The Indianapolis based squad completed a successful test today in preparation for this weekend's race at the breathtaking Circuit Mont Tremblant, with drivers Canadian Kevin Lacroix, and Englishmen Greg and Leo Mansell.

Happy to be at his home stomping grounds, the Saint-Eustache, Quebec, Canada native, Lacroix, topped the time charts in both sessions for Walker Racing (No.25 Uni-Select/Deans Knight Capital Management Ltd/Wasteco). The 19 year old recorded a total of 91 laps (238.5 miles) around the 2.621 mile circuit clocking an overall combined time of 1:29.126 seconds, making him the fifth fastest.

Ready to get back in the cockpit was Greg Mansell (No.5 Sunseeker), son of 1992 Formula 1 World Champion and 1993 IndyCar champion Nigel Mansell. The 20 year old Englishman was the twelfth quickest overall with a time of 1:29.825 seconds, recording 89 (233.2 miles) total laps.

Equally excited to be behind the wheel again and at a first time track, Leo Mansell (No.15 Sunseeker), enjoyed the fast, fun racing at Circuit Mont Tremblant. The 23 year old logged a total of 95 laps (248.9 miles) and was 16th quickest overall with a time of 1:30.212 seconds.

On a lighter note, Walker Racing had a bit of excitement Thursday morning. Only having arrived in Tremblant the day before, Greg's engineer, Dave Buschemeyer, was summoned to fly back home to Indianapolis, Indiana to eagerly welcome his first child, a girl, Megan Alexis. Although a happy moment for the entire team, Greg must switch gears for the rest of the weekend with a different engineer. The team's general manager, Rob Edwards, will be engineering his No. 5 car.

After recording a total of 279 laps (720.6 miles) today, Walker Racing gears up for tomorrow's double header qualifying sessions. The team will hit the pavement 9:00 am ET for practice. For more updates on the team, please visit www.walkerracing.com.

What they had to say...

Greg Mansell, (# 5 Sunseeker): "It was great today to be able to get some testing in. We are behind the ball, because we haven't been here before and it's just trying to get a setup which is key in these cars and we have a good chance this weekend. The track is fantastic. It's very European-like, very smooth and really quick. It has a bit of a funky chicane that you have to take a huge amount of curb on, but it's really a lot of fun. Congratulations to my engineer, Dave Buschemeyer, for having a baby girl."

Leo Mansell, (#15 Sunseeker): I really enjoyed this track. There are really high speeds, very technical. You take all the curb in the first chicane, which is very interesting, but it's a great place. This is good preparation for the weekend. We are definitely getting there. We need to find about another half a second and we will be right there. Overall it has been a very productive day and the cars have been good from the get go, it's just a matter of fine tuning.

Kevin Lacroix, (#25 Uni-Select/Deans Knight Capital Management Ltd./ Wasteco): "It was a long day, hard physically, and hot, but everything overall was good. We were P4 at the end and P1 for most of the session. I'm quite happy with the car. We made a lot of improvement after the new tires. I think we will have a good chance for the pole this weekend. I feel very confident for the weekend and I'm happy to be home and hopefully I can bring a win."

Derrick Walker, Walker Racing Owner: "We had a very productive day. The cars ran all day and we learned a lot. The weather stayed so good, so it went well. All three of the drivers got a lot of track time and car-wise we are looking very good."

-credit: wr

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Kevin Lacroix , Leo Mansell , Greg Mansell