Rodolfo Lavin (R), ...
Rodolfo Lavin (R), #5 Corona Competition Team Ford-Cosworth XFE-Reynard- Bridgestone
Lavin had a good start advancing from 17th to 13th in the running order by the second lap. The Corona car came onto pit lane for scheduled service on Lap 19. Lavin slowed coming onto the front straight away on Lap 20 ending his race with apparent gearbox problems. He finished 18th.
"The Corona car was behaving pretty good until all of the sudden exiting the last corner I lost second or third gear. It's disappointing because we'd hoped to have a stronger finish for Corona and the impressive Mexican crowd that turned up to support this event."
Marks his 17th Champ Car start and first start at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez Darren Manning, (R), #15 RAC Walker Racing Ford-Cosworth XFE-Reynard- Bridgestone Manning fought back from two separate on-track incidents to finish ninth, earning three additional championship points. The Briton has run extremely strong all weekend consistently posting the fastest practice laps. Manning started Sunday's race from sixth position, his second best qualifying effort of the season. On the green flag lap, Manning had a good start, but made contact with Tiago Monteiro resulting in a spin in Turn 1. Manning got back under way, dropping to 19th. He had worked his way up to 15th place when he made his regularly scheduled pit stop on Lap 19. Manning continued to work his way through the field gaining 12th place by Lap 34. Team owner Derrick Walker opted to bring his driver in two laps early, pitting on Lap 35, in an effort to help Manning gain position. On Lap 47, contact with Adrian Fernandez on Lap 47 caused Manning to spin. He needed the help of the Simple Green Safety Team to get restarted. Manning came onto pit lane on Lap 51 for his last stop of the day. Aided by attrition, Manning finished ninth.
"I had a fantastic start and was up to third (place) going into Turn 1, but Tiago tapped me on the exit and it spun me into the grass. On one of the restarts, Adrian made a stupid move in Turn 6, we went wheel-to-wheel and I ended up spinning. To come back to ninth after falling behind in those two incidents is a testament to the team's pit stop strategy. The RAC Walker Racing car was bloody quick. We easily had a second place car and I'm confident that we could have given Paul (Tracy) a run for his money for the win as well."
Marks his 18th Champ Car start, Has scored championship points in 15 of 17 events this season including earning points in the last ten consecutive races, Made Champ Car history in Denver (31 August) by becoming the first rookie driver to string together eight consecutive top-ten finishes, Has 14 top-ten finishes to his credit in just 17 starts in 2003, Currently ranked tenth in the championship points standings with 87 points, Ranked second in the Rookie of the Year standings