Monterrey: Forsythe Racing Saturday notes

Forsythe Atlantic -- Qualifying Frustration in Monterrey MONTERREY, Nuevo Leon, Mexico -- May 20, 2006 -- After two consecutive events with strong results, Forsythe Championship Racing's four-car Atlantic team struggled with a slick track ...

Forsythe Atlantic -- Qualifying Frustration in Monterrey

MONTERREY, Nuevo Leon, Mexico -- May 20, 2006 -- After two consecutive events with strong results, Forsythe Championship Racing's four-car Atlantic team struggled with a slick track and the Mexican heat in today's Final Qualifying as Yokohama Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda, Round 3, at Fundidora Park's 2.104-mile road course in the heart of Monterrey.

Leonardo Maia #7 INDECK
Qualified 8th -- 1m24.173s / 89.986mph / 144.814kph

"Well, I'm happy to be top qualifier for our team, but 8th spot isn't where we want to be. I'd much prefer to be first with my three teammates right behind me, but we just haven't been able to find a good single-lap setup for this combination of a very slick racing surface and high temperatures. The good news is we're very consistent over long distances; I've been just about as quick on 150-mile Yokohamas as brand new ones, but our ultimate one-lap speed just isn't there. But we have four of the best engineers in the business and they'll figure it out. This is really the first time they've been shocked with the outcomes this year so I'm pretty sure they'll work their magic and we'll be on the pace for tomorrow's race."

Andreas Wirth #37 INDECK/Wirth Solar
Qualified 10th -- 1m24.217s/89.939mph/144.739kph

"We just went the wrong way on the setup. The car felt good and balanced, but we just didn't have the grip to be fast. We're all kind of scratching our heads trying to figure out what little thing we're missing. But it seems like the race will be a fight to stay out of trouble like it was in Houston, so my plan is to wait for the race to come to me. If we could get a top five finish out of this weekend it would be like a win!"

Richard Philippe #33 INDECK
Qualified 14th -- 1m24.335s / 89.813mph / 144.536kph

"No grip, no speed. The guys have been working very hard to figure out where we are missing our setup, but it's hard to understand. We've tried different setups on all the cars but nothing seems to fix the problem, so we've kind of run out of options. All we can do is stay focused and hope the engineers discover something tonight."

James Hinchcliffe #3 Emexis/INDECK
Qualified 19th -- 1m24.761s / 89.362mph / 143.810

"I think the guys said it all. We're just off this weekend. I used a pretty extreme setup just to try something different but it was pretty bad. The car is balanced, but I'm sliding all over the place. Since Leo seemed to find the best grip level the engineers are comparing his setup to everyone else's and hopefully they'll come up with something that will let us move up tomorrow. It's a long race and as we saw in Houston it is possible to just stay out of trouble and move up for some points, so we'll see what happens."

-fr

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Leonardo Maia , Andreas Wirth , Richard Philippe , James Hinchcliffe