Manning earns points-paying seventh place in Monterrey Grand Prix; Mexican Lavin finishes 15th. Rodolfo Lavin , (R) ...
Manning earns points-paying seventh place in Monterrey Grand Prix; Mexican Lavin finishes 15th.
Rodolfo Lavin , (R) #5 Corona Competition Team Ford-Cosworth XFE-Reynard-Bridgestone
The young Mexican ran as high as sixth before a spin on Lap 16 dropped him back in the pack. Finished 15th.
"I'm happy for finishing the race, but I'm not very happy because I wasn't very consistent out there. I have to keep working hard on the consistency."
Darren Manning , (R), #15 Ford-Cosworth XFE-Reynard-Bridgestone
Manning gained two spots on the start, going from 13th to eleventh on the green flag lap. From there he steadily progressed through the field running as high as sixth before entering the pits for his final stop of the day on Lap 64. The British rookie survived a couple of incidents in the closing laps of the race to finish seventh. The seventh place finish marks a new career-best for Manning in just his third Champ Car start, topping his previous ninth place finish in his debut run at the 2002 Rockingham event.
"We should have been further up. The pace of the car was really good as we knew from qualifying. From qualifying 13th on the grid, you really can't expect too much though. To finish the race from where we were is a big achievement really and seventh was mega. The car has quite a few battle scars -- I've got tire marks down the side of the car and I think on my helmet. But we finished the race and got some points."
Derrick Walker , Team Owner
Today's race marked the 300th start for Derrick Walker's team as it enters its 13th season.
"I'm very pleased that both cars finished the race. Both drivers are relatively new to Champ Car racing really, and we can learn a lot from finishing the race 'cause they've been out there for a long time and we can really evaluate how things went and learn from it. It's a good finish for the team and that's really what we need this early in the season to get some momentum building. We were racing today, so that's important."
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