Portland II: Walker Racing race notes

Walker Racing Completes a Solid Run in Portland Portland, OR (June 10, 2007)- Walker Racing ended their doubleheader weekend in Portland with another positive race result. Both drivers continued to stay on form as they raced in the dry weather...

Walker Racing Completes a Solid Run in Portland

Portland, OR (June 10, 2007)- Walker Racing ended their doubleheader weekend in Portland with another positive race result. Both drivers continued to stay on form as they raced in the dry weather conditions today at Portland International Raceway.

Englishman, Ryan Lewis, pilot of the #15 NCPI Solutions/InSport car, had another strong result as he flawlessly zoomed around the 1.964 PIR road course. After making the decision to change the roll bar setting before the start of the race, the 23-year old maintained a solid pace as he kept up with the leading drivers finishing with a fifth place position. The young Brit celebrated his one year Atlantic anniversary as he claimed third place yesterday, Lewis made his debut in Portland last year.

It was a tougher day for Swiss rookie Simona De Silvestro, as she had another difficult start in today's race. Struggling to find the right setup, De Silvestro bumped back from thirteenth to eighteenth position, but was able to make some passes, giving her a sixteenth place finish.

What they had to say...

Ryan Lewis: "I think we had a great car. We made a call on the start to change a roll bar setting which really helped when it was a bit greasy in the beginning, but in the end hindered us a little bit in some of the corners with a bit too much under-steer. Overall the car was really good and I found it very easy to drive. I found myself keeping the pace with the guys in the front, but unfortunately I pulled a bit of gap on the restarts. It's good to come away this weekend with some solid points in the bag."

Simona De Silvestro: "I didn't have the best start today, because it was a little wet out there and I spun a lot. At that point four cars passed me at turn three and then I suffered from under-steer which made it hard to come out of turn twelve and overtake. We came away with two pretty good finishes and now we have collected more points. I look forward to Cleveland and putting it all together and bring everyone hope a top-ten result."

Derrick Walker: "I don't think we had a car for a win in today's race, but full credit to Ryan and the boys. They got the most out of what we had. The car ran flawlessly and we came away with a good, solid finish. I think we've got to be happy with that, coming out of the weekend with some more points. Simona, probably if we were putting our finger on what the issue was with her car, the combination of trying to second guess ourselves with the wet setup, we made the car a little bit more biased with the chance it was going to rain at the start. Obviously it didn't rain enough at the start to make that change pay off and it hurt her a in the race to be able to come off the last corner quick enough to do any overtaking. None the less both drove a good race all weekend and we continue to get stronger and stronger, so all in all not a bad weekend."

-credit: wr

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Ryan Lewis