The Champ Car World Series comes to the Mile High City for the Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver, Round 15 of the 19-race schedule. It marks the last of nine races run over the 12-week summer period, which comes to an end this Labor Day weekend, before a three-week break prior to the Grand Prix Americas. Corona driver Rodolfo Lavin looks to match his eighth place effort earned at the last street course event, the Molson Indy Vancouver. Teammate Darren Manning stands ready to make Champ Car history by becoming the first rookie driver in the series' history to earn eight consecutive top-ten finishes. The 28-year-old Englishman already enjoys one of the season's most consistent records with 12 top-ten finishes in 14 starts this season.
Rodolfo Lavin (R), #5 Corona Competition Team Ford-Cosworth XFE-Reynard-Bridgestone
"I earned a season-best finish of eighth in Vancouver and was happy with the Corona car in Cleveland and Toronto, so hopefully returning to a temporary circuit will bring us a strong finish. The track is very bumpy which will be challenging for the Reynard. The track is pretty narrow, so I think the Stewards made a great call in allowing for single-car qualifying. It will help us put in the best qualifying lap possible."
Will mark his 15th Champ Car start and first start on the streets of Denver
Darren Manning, (R), #15 RAC Walker Racing Ford-Cosworth XFE-Reynard-Bridgestone
"I think we can really benefit from the single-car qualifying since we're generally quick out of the box, so we'll have a chance to put our best time up, especially with rain forecasted for Saturday. I'm not focusing too much on setting a record of eight consecutive top-ten finishes. It would be great to set a new milestone in the series' history, but we focus on collecting points for the championship every weekend and will continue to that here in Denver."
Will mark his 16th Champ Car start, Has finished in the top-ten at every street course event this season with the exception of the season-opener at St. Petersburg where a clutch problem put an early end to his season debut, Has earned seven consecutive top-ten finishes dating back to the G.I. Joe's 200 at Portland (22 June), Has 13 top-ten finishes to his credit in just 15 starts, Currently ranked ninth in the championship points standings with 76 points, Ranked second in the Rookie of the Year standings
Qualifying for the Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver airs live on SPEED Channel Saturday, 20 August at 3:30 p.m. Eastern. The race will air on SPEED Channel Sunday, 31 August with a half-hour pre-race show airing at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.