CHAMPCAR/CART: Monterrey: Walker Racing Saturday report

Walker Racing looks for better luck in Sunday's Monterrey Grand Prix. Rodolfo Lavin (R), ...

Walker Racing looks for better luck in Sunday's Monterrey Grand Prix.

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

The Corona crew once again opted to send Lavin out early during Saturday's final qualifying session to capitalize on a clear race track. The Mexican rookie dropped two and half seconds off his qualifying time on Friday posting his fastest time on his seventh of 15 laps.

"The first part of qualifying was pretty good. We were making consistent laps going a little bit faster every time. The second part, the last five laps, we made some changes to the chassis and basically went the wrong way. We'll go back for tomorrow and try make a safe race. The track is much better now. It's gained a lot of grip from Friday to today. Tomorrow I hope we finish the race and get some points."

Darren Manning, (R), #15 Ford-Cosworth XFE-Reynard-Bridgestone
A gearbox problem sidelined Manning during his fourth lap of the session.

"The car was good. We were fifth fastest in the practice session going into qualifying. We'd gone a direction after morning practice and went even more that direction for qualifying because it was a good change and the car was faster. The lap I was on when I lost third gear probably would have been a low 77. The fastest lap is generally on the third flying lap so I guess that set of tires would have put me in the 75s, which could have put me in the top-three. The team will look at the data and firstly find out what's going on and see if it's something that I have to change in my style of driving or technique or something that needs to be changed in the ratios."

Walker Racing

Derrick Walker's team will make a noteworthy 300th team start when the team's rookie drivers take the green flag for Sunday's Grand Prix of Monterrey

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Darren Manning , Rodolfo Lavin