Forsythe Atlantic Squad Blanket Rows Three through Six in Portland Qualifying PORTLAND, Oregon -- June 17, 2006 -- After a frustrating weekend in Monterrey, Mexico last month that saw Forsythe Championship Racing's four-driver "Track Pack" ...
Forsythe Atlantic Squad Blanket Rows Three through Six in Portland Qualifying
PORTLAND, Oregon -- June 17, 2006 -- After a frustrating weekend in Monterrey, Mexico last month that saw Forsythe Championship Racing's four-driver "Track Pack" struggle to break into the top ten, things are looking up in Portland as all four drivers qualified in the top half of the field for Sunday's Trinity Carpet 100K race. Leonardo Maia led the group by grabbing the fifth starting spot, while James Hinchcliffe, Richard Philippe and series points leader Andreas Wirth will start eighth, ninth and twelfth respectively in the extremely competitive Champ Car Atlantic Championship.
Leonardo Maia #7 INDECK
"I'm pretty confident for tomorrow. I did my fastest lap in Qualifying on old tires, and then when we went to a new set for my last stint I couldn't find much space on the track. But the car is good, maybe the best car I've had all year, and hopefully we can make up a few spots at the start. If things go our way we've got a shot at a podium finish so compared to Monterrey we're definitely on the way up."
James Hinchcliffe #3 Emexis/INDECK
"I'm fairly disappointed. We were quick in the first part of the Qualifying session and then I developed an engine misfire that the guys traced to a bad sensor. We're going to have a good car for tomorrow. This track is pretty hard on the tires so hopefully we can stay consistent through the first half of the race and keep the car under us. I think things may come our way in the latter half of the race but we've got a lot of positions to make up."
Richard Philippe #33 INDECK
"I had a decent pace today and the car was good. It's a long race and the first turn could be crazy, so hopefully we can move up. I'm still looking for the kind of finish that my team deserves and a good finish would help us get some momentum heading into the two-race weekend at Cleveland."
Andreas Wirth #37 INDECK/Wirth Solar
"In the Qualifying session I was very frustrated. I couldn't feel the car at all; it was like there was something major wrong. But we're getting there. We definitely headed in the right direction in the Warmup session at the end of the day today (the Warmup normally takes place on Sunday morning but was moved to Saturday after Qualifying this weekend due to local morning noise restrictions). We were lost yesterday but then got better by the end of the day today, so we should be good for the race. I need to score some solid points and then focus on Cleveland."
The Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland Trinity Carpets 100k gets underway at 11am local/PT (2pm ET, 18:00 UTC) and can be watched live on the Internet by visiting the official website of the Yokohama Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda at www.ChampCarAtlantic.com. The race will be broadcast on Speed TV on Saturday, June 24th at 4pm ET (check local listings). For more information about the team, please visit www.Forsythe-Racing.com.