CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: Walker Racing preview

Walker Racing Carries Champ Car World Series Fight To Denver INDIANAPOLIS (August 12,2004) -- Fresh off another promising run last weekend at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, the Walker Racing team and driver Mario Haberfeld ( ...

Walker Racing Carries Champ Car World Series Fight To Denver

INDIANAPOLIS (August 12,2004) -- Fresh off another promising run last weekend at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, the Walker Racing team and driver Mario Haberfeld (#5 Cummins Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone) will head to this weekend's Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver looking to move into the top 10 in the season point standings.

This weekend the team welcomes new sponsor Time Warner Telecom, a leading provider of managed voice and data networking solutions. The Denver based company has been working with Walker Racing to provide reliable, high-speed, economical data transport services to support its mission-critical racing car development activities.

Haberfeld had a fourth-place run in his sights at Elkhart Lake when an unfortunate spin derailed his chances. He recovered and brought the car home in the 11th spot, marking the seventh time in the year's eight races that the Walker team has gained positions from its starting spot during the race.

"The Walker Racing team has done well the last three races," Haberfeld noted. "Things are really beginning to come together for us. We finished in the top-10 in the first two of the three races including a fourth place showing, which is our best finish of the year. It looked like we were going to continue our streak last weekend at Road America because we were running a strong fourth, but I had a problem that put us just outside the top-10. Given the progress the Walker Racing team has made, I am looking forward to continuing our improvement this weekend in Denver."

Walker Racing and Haberfeld have had a bit of success on the streets of Denver since the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford returned to the Mile High City. Last year, Darren Manning piloted the #15 Walker Racing entry to a seventh place starting position and an eighth place finish, while Haberfeld himself had a strong run in his Champ Car debut at the Denver street track a year ago, starting eighth and finishing 10th.

"The Denver circuit was the best track for the Reynard last year," Haberfeld said. "We ran the fastest laps on Friday and Saturday morning then had the fastest lap in the race. Unfortunately, we didn't qualify that well, but in the race we were running in fifth then I got hit by Mario Dominguez and punctured a tire, so we ended up tenth. I think the Walker Racing team should have a good race this weekend in Denver and possibly move up in the championship standings."

Haberfeld and the Walker Racing team are currently 13th in the Champ Car standings with 97 points, but are only 10 points out of the top 10. The team has displayed remarkable consistency and reliability this year as the Cummins Inc.-sponsored machine is fourth in the series in laps completed (777 of 811).

The action starts for Walker Racing at the Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver Friday morning with a 90-minute practice session, with first-round qualifying taking place at 2 p.m. that afternoon. Saturday's final qualifying will occur on Saturday at 1:45 p.m. with the 90-lap race getting underway at 1 p.m. on Sunday, August 15. The race can be seen live on HDNet and also seen on a same-day, tape-delayed basis on Spike TV.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mario Haberfeld , Darren Manning , Mario Dominguez