San Jose: Forsythe Racing Friday notes

Forsythe Atlantic Foursome Fast in San Jose Provisional Qualifying SAN JOSE, California -- Friday, July 28, 2006 -- The heat wave in the California Bay Area finally broke today, but the action on the downtown streets was hotter than ever as the...

Forsythe Atlantic Foursome Fast in San Jose Provisional Qualifying

SAN JOSE, California -- Friday, July 28, 2006 -- The heat wave in the California Bay Area finally broke today, but the action on the downtown streets was hotter than ever as the Atlantic Championship returns for the Canary Foundation Grand Prix of San Jose Presented by Taylor Woodrow Atlantic Race, Round Nine as Yokohama Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda. Forsythe Championship Racing's four-car Atlantic Team threatened to take top honors in today's first round of Qualifying for Sunday's race, but traffic issues on the short 1.443-mile street circuit kept the Forsythe cars off the front row.

Andreas Wirth

"I thought we had a good shot at Pole but when you have this many cars on a short street course it's always difficult to find clear track. The car had a bit of understeer at first but we made a small change for the last part of the session and that helped. The tire pressures may have gotten too high at the very end but there wasn't time to come in for a change. But it's very close at the top and I think tomorrow we'll have a good chance to improve."

Richard Philippe

"The car was perfect -- I think that was the best car I've had all year. On my last lap I was right on the pole time but I came up on traffic in the very last corner and had to back off. That was disappointing because I was telling the guys that we were going to get Pole! But that's how it goes on street circuits. Tomorrow is another day and hopefully those other guys will be the ones complaining about traffic!"

James Hinchcliffe

"I haven't been feeling too well today; I seem to have some kind of stomach bug. The car was a bit off early in the session but the guys massaged it a couple of times and made it a lot better. I was way down the order until that last stint and I was able to move up into the top ten, but we left a bit of time out there. Hopefully tomorrow I'll be feeling 100% and we can lay down some really fast laps."

Leonardo Maia

"We had a bit of a problem with the car being loose on entry into the corners so I couldn't charge into them like I wanted. Then it seemed like the tire pressures spiked too much at the end of the session. But it's a testament to just how tough this field is this year; I'm only half a second out of the top three and I'm 13th! But it seems like the team as a whole is getting quicker and quicker this weekend so I'm optimistic that we'll be moving up tomorrow."

-Forsythe Racing

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