CHAMPCAR/CART: Milwaukee: Walker Racing Thursday practice report

Rodolfo Lavin (R) - 5 Corona Competition Team Ford-Cosworth XFE-Reynard-Bridgestone "I'm happy to be here in Milwaukee making my first race at night. The lighting is very well done; you can see very good. We've been making adjustments on the ...

Rodolfo Lavin (R) - 5 Corona Competition Team Ford-Cosworth XFE-Reynard-Bridgestone

"I'm happy to be here in Milwaukee making my first race at night. The lighting is very well done; you can see very good. We've been making adjustments on the chassis all day and the Corona car is getting better. Now, we'll try to be better for tomorrow and hope it doesn't rain."

Toyota Atlantic v. Champ Car: "The Champ Car is a much heavier car than the Atlantic car and obviously there's much more speed. Definitely everything closes much, much quicker and you have to get used to that. It's definitely very exciting though to be in the Champ Car series and I'm very happy to be here."

Fast Facts: While the 31 May event will mark his first Champ Car start at Milwaukee, Lavin has seven previous starts at the Milwaukee Mile contesting races in Toyota Atlantic (2001 -- 2002) and Indy Lights (1996 -- 2000), Finished second at the 2002 Toyota Atlantic Milwaukee event and earned a fourth place starting position in 2001, also in Toyota Atlantics

Darren Manning (R) - 15 Walker Racing Ford-Cosworth XFE-Reynard-Bridgestone

"The lights are so good it's very difficult to tell any difference (from running during the day) apart from it looks like it's going to rain. You're going into Turn 1 looking up into the sky and you these dark clouds. The lights are great though. There aren't any dark spots anywhere around the track. This morning we had a massive push. It was so bad I was bruising my arm on the side of the car it had that much lock on. We made some considered changes for the night practice and kept making bit changes during the session. We did a long run to get a feel for a race run, which was good. We did a couple of qualifying run there at the end as well that got spoiled with traffic. We had a very productive session though and it's looking pretty good."

Fast Facts: Has scored top-ten finishes (ninth at 2002 Rockingham race and sixth in Germany) in his two previous oval starts, Has scored four consecutive top-ten finishes and has five top-ten finishes in just six starts, Currently second in the Rookie of the Year battle

Light Up the Night: Walker Racing opted to run lights in camera pods mounted on the roll hoops to help the crews better identify Lavin's #5 Corona car and Manning's #15 entry coming down pit lane at night. Lavin's light flashes blue while Manning's is red. Lavin's car is also sporting reflective blue Corona decals on the sidepods.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Darren Manning , Rodolfo Lavin