Toronto: Forsythe Racing Saturday notes

Forsythe Atlantic's Andreas Wirth to Start Third in Toronto TORONTO, Ontario -- July 8, 2006 -- Winning a major racing championship is all about consistency, and Forsythe Championship Racing's Atlantic ace Andreas Wirth continued his roll ...

Forsythe Atlantic's Andreas Wirth to Start Third in Toronto

TORONTO, Ontario -- July 8, 2006 -- Winning a major racing championship is all about consistency, and Forsythe Championship Racing's Atlantic ace Andreas Wirth continued his roll towards the 2006 crown today in Toronto as he secured a third-place starting spot for Sunday's seventh round of the Yokohama Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda. Teammates James Hinchcliffe, Leonardo Maia and Richard Philippe saw less stellar results today after all four Forsythe drivers scored top-eight positions in yesterday's first round of Qualifying.

Andreas Wirth #37 INDECK/Layer 7/Wirth Solar Mazda-Cosworth/Yokohama/Swift
Qualified Third

"It was a decent result for us but I'm a bit disappointed. We were only 2/1000ths of a second off the front row and starting position can mean a lot on a street circuit like Toronto. But I should be on the clean line for the standing start tomorrow and hopefully I can move up. The team did a good job and the car was balanced, but there were a lot of cars out there and traffic was a problem. I'm confident for tomorrow and if we can continue to finish on the podium the points will be good."

James Hinchcliffe #3 Emexis/INDECK Mazda-Cosworth/Yokohama/Swift
Qualified Ninth

"It was hotter today and it seems like we lost a little bit of grip. The balance was decent, a little understeer, but it just seemed like the car wanted to slide a lot. But hey, we're in the top ten and this race is going to be a war of attrition so I'll just try to keep my nose clean and bring the Emexis/INDECK car for some solid points here in my home town! The fans have been amazing and it's incredible to me how many people recognize me and how much they support the team, so I'm going to give it my all to bring them a good result!"

Leonardo Maia #7 Layer 7/INDECK Mazda-Cosworth/Yokohama/Swift
Qualified 12th

"I'm pretty frustrated. The car was so good yesterday and today it just seemed like we didn't come to grips with the higher temperatures. I ran well early in the session and then it just seemed like I couldn't go any faster. We'll look at the data and see where Andreas was quicker, and I'm sure the Forsythe Team will give me a great car for the race. The race is in the morning when it's a bit cooler so hopefully we'll find that speed we had before."

Richard Philippe #33 INDECK/Layer 7 Mazda-Cosworth/Yokohama/Swift
Qualified 16th

"Well, that's not what you want. It seems like James, Leo and I all struggled in the heat this afternoon while Andreas stayed quick, so hopefully we can look at his data and see what was different. It's a long race and I just want to move up to score some points. I had a good result in Cleveland with a second place finish so today was very frustrating."

The Champ Car Atlantic race gets underway at 10am on Sunday, and can be watched live on the Internet at www.ChampCarAtlantic.com and on Speed TV on a week-delayed basis (check local listings).

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