Action Packed Race in Toronto for Walker Racing Toronto, ON, Canada -- It turned out to be an action packed race for Walker Racing in Toronto today. As the weather quickly moved in it was time to change gears and quickly adjust to changing ...
Action Packed Race in Toronto for Walker Racing
Toronto, ON, Canada -- It turned out to be an action packed race for Walker Racing in Toronto today. As the weather quickly moved in it was time to change gears and quickly adjust to changing track conditions.
The beginning of the race started out dry and Walker Racing drivers, Simona De Silvestro (#5 Miauton) and Ryan Lewis (#15 NCPI Solutions/Insport) both had solid starts keeping the green and gold chassis firmly on track. Then a couple of laps later the rain started to fall hard and it was Lewis who came in early to make the change to wet tires. Shortly thereafter the red flag was thrown out and the Englishman was at the back of the pack, but not for long. Lewis worked his way up the grid and after a close call with Robert Wickens in the last lap, the 23-year old brought home a fifth place result for the team.
Unfortunately the wet weather conditions rained on De Silvestro's parade. After a great start from seventh, the young rookie struggled to keep her #5 Miauton/Walker Racing car on track. Not equipped with a wet setup on the car, De Silvestro spun out and hit the wall ending the Swiss Miss's day early.
Walker Racing heads back to their Indianapolis headquarters before turning back around to Canada for the Rexall Grand Prix of Edmonton July 20-22.
What they had to say:
Simona De Silvestro:
"We were running really well in the beginning and I had a great start, but with the rain coming out it was really slippery and I got a puddle and spun into the wall and was stuck there. We were running, so many people crashed, we could have had a good finish, that's racing, we'll just see what happens next race."
"We made a bit of a gamble at the start of the race. Obviously we weren't exactly at the position we wanted to be in qualifying and I managed to spin on slicks in the wet so we dropped back a couple of places, so I thought they were going to restart the race in the wet and lets try to put on some wets and see if we can jump a few spots there, but it rained too hard and they red flagged it. I picked my way through the first couple of laps and passed a couple of people and then three or four cars. After that it was just chasing down Matos. We managed to get around the incident with Wickens in the end and probably would have finished fourth if he had driven across the track in front of me, but I probably would have done the same. It was great for the team and a good result that reflects where we should have been all weekend."
"It was not a clear decision on whether it was going to go red flag or not, so we made the stop to change the tires to wets for Ryan and then threw the red which put Ryan at a huge disadvantage at the back of the field. From that point on it was just using your head and driving a really smart race and when its all said that's what Ryan did. He really deserved a podium finish, but in the wet anything can happen. He had a good solid race, but he deserved better. When you look at the way Simona's car was balanced in the dry it probably wasn't ideally suited for the wet. The late rain showers caught us with a little bit of an oversteer car, so it was tough for her drive, but she is doing a lot things right and this is all apart of a learning curve."