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Andreas Wirth Claims Third on Provisional Grid at Road America ELKHART LAKE, Wisconsin - Friday, September 22, 2006 - On a wet day in central Wisconsin, Forsythe Championship Racing's Andreas Wirth laid claim to third spot on the Provisional...

Andreas Wirth Claims Third on Provisional Grid at Road America

ELKHART LAKE, Wisconsin - Friday, September 22, 2006 - On a wet day in central Wisconsin, Forsythe Championship Racing's Andreas Wirth laid claim to third spot on the Provisional Grid for Sunday's Gehl Champ Car Atlantic Championship Finale at Road America, the last event of the season. Anticipating drying conditions throughout the session, the Forsythe Atlantic squad gambled on varying stages of dry-weather setups that resulted in the four-car squad getting quicker throughout the day but achieving varying results. Wirth, on a softer setup than two of his three teammates, was able to take advantage of the drying-but-still-damp track surface while his teammates fell down the order as the track did not dry as much as hoped and the car with perhaps the best setup was left stranded with a mechanical problem halfway through the session.

Andreas Wirth

"I'm pretty happy but not satisfied. In these conditions the setup is a bit of guesswork but my guys got it close to perfect. If it had dried out just a bit more I think I could have challenged for Pole, but that's how it goes. This is where I was injured last year (Wirth missed the last two races of the 2005 Atlantic Championship after suffering broken vertebrae in a Turn 1 crash during practice) so this place owes me one for sure! It looks like the weather will be drier tomorrow so we're going to give it everything we've got to put the #37 car on Pole."

James Hinchcliffe

"It's disappointing. I kept hoping the track would dry some more, but I guess the air was just too damp to let it. We had a problem with rear grip and couldn't put the power down very well. A small problem like that really costs a lot of time around a long track like this, so that was it. I was actually on a pretty good lap at the end but came up on traffic, and that's just unfortunate. The guys have been working hard all year and I'm confident that we'll be in the hunt tomorrow for Final Qualifying."

Leonardo Maia

"We went with an almost full-dry setup, hoping that it would get dry enough to change to slicks, but it never did. I had tons of understeer everywhere and that's really frustrating as you watch the laps wind down knowing that there's no time for major changes. But tomorrow is another day and it looks like it might be a dry session so we'll be looking to improve."

Richard Philippe

"The car had a mechanical failure on the back straight and I had to stop. I was in P2 for the first half of the session and was on a really quick lap when the problem happened so it's very hard to take. My guys did a great job with the car and I think it would have been perfect at the end since I had a softer setup than my teammates. But this is part of racing and we'll just have to ignore the bad luck we've had all season and do the best we can to finish the weekend at the front."

-credit: forsythe racing

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