San Jose: Walker Racing race report

Bittersweet Result in San Jose for Walker Racing San Jose, CA (July 29, 2007)- Walker Racing drivers Simona De Silvestro ( ...

Bittersweet Result in San Jose for Walker Racing

San Jose, CA (July 29, 2007)- Walker Racing drivers Simona De Silvestro (#5 Miauton) and Ryan Lewis (#15 NCPI Solutions).managed to conquer the infamous turn one chaos, but it was the events that took place afterwards for the team that resulted in a bittersweet day for the duo.

Lewis had a good clean start and managed to gain quite a few positions in the first lap, on lap seven the Englishman made contact with the wall on turn two. As a result the first caution of the race was dropped and the 23 year olds day was cut short.

Making an incredible comeback was Swiss rookie De Silvestro. The Swiss Miss made contact on the first lap and when the first safety car came out she made an unscheduled stop to repair her front nose. Filtering to the back, De Silvestro worked her way up the grid, made some great executions and went from seventeenth to finish in tenth position.

Walker Racing now heads back to their Indianapolis based headquarters to prepare for the final race of the Champ Car Atlantic season in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin Aug. 11-12. For more updates on the team please visit www.walkerracing.com.

What they had to say...

Simona De Silvestro: "I had a great start but into turn one, I tried to stay inside because I thought there was going to be a crash and there wasn't so people overtook me from the outside. It wasn't a mistake you just had to be at the right place at the right time. Then someone hit me in the front and lost my wing and it was good to wait on the safety car and when the safety car came I replaced my nose. From that point on I was able to race and gain positions. The car was great and the team did a really good job."

Ryan Lewis: "I'm not quite sure exactly what happened, but before I could correct for it I got into the wall and it ended my day, which is a shame because the car was pretty good and the team put a lot of effort into, it just wasn't my day."

Derrick Walker: "It's a shame, because the car was pretty decent for Ryan, but these street races are so tight it's the luck of the draw if you can get through there without knocking something off and unfortunately Ryan's day was short. Other than getting the front wing torn off at the start, Simona had a great race. She executed really well and her car was really good. She did what she had to do and I think if the race had been longer, without all of those yellows she would have had a better chance to get further up again. We had a good strong finish from the last race and she did a very good job."

-credit: wr

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Ryan Lewis