Rodolfo Lavin (R), ...
Rodolfo Lavin (R), #5 Corona Competition Team Ford-Cosworth XFE-Reynard-Bridgestone
Lavin only posted seven laps during the second morning practice session due to stripped third gear dogs which warranted the #5 Walker Racing team parking the Corona Competition Team machine for repair. The rookie was limited to 31 laps going into Friday's provisional qualifying session.
"Considering the limited track time this morning, I think we made great improvements on the Corona car for qualifying. We were three seconds faster this afternoon. The car is pushing a little bit and we're still struggling under breaking, but tomorrow's another day and hopefully we'll get more laps in during the practice session."
Fast Facts: Will mark his eleventh Champ Car start, Will mark his first Champ Car start at Vancouver, Has five previous starts at the circuit contesting races in Indy Lights (1996 -- 1998, 2000) and in Toyota Atlantics (2001) where he earned a fifth place finish.
Darren Manning, (R), #15 RAC Walker Racing Ford-Cosworth XFE-Reynard-Bridgestone:
"We came to Vancouver with the set-up we ran during the race at Toronto which I was really, really happy with on race day. We set the third fastest race lap with that set-up and it's been great here. We've been able to start off running instead of treading water. My fastest lap was about a second up on my fastest lap, but I lost about three or four tenths in the last corner. I came flat out through the last chicane there and had a really good exit, but just got a massive push because my right front (tire) was over pressure by then and I had to back out of the throttle coming up against the wall. It was probably a 61 (second lap) which would have put us in the top three or four which would have been brilliant."
Fast Facts: Will be his 12th Champ Car start and eleventh with Walker Racing, Has earned eight top-ten finishes in 2003, Has nine top-ten finishes to his credit in eleven starts, Ranked tenth overall in the drivers' championship picking up five additional points for the eighth place finish at Toronto for a season total of 50, Currently second in the Rookie of the Year standings
Walker Signs Valiante for 2004 Michael Valiante and Walker Racing team owner Derrick Walker are joining forces in a sponsorship-seeking effort aimed at producing a 2004 Champ Car World Series ride for the Vancouver driver, who is currently a championship contender with Lynx Racing in the CART Toyota Atlantic series. Under the collaborative association that the two parties announced today, Valiante and Walker plan to pool their resources to extensively explore all sponsorship possibilities. If they are successful in rounding up sufficient financial support, Valiante would land a ride with Walker Racing, adding to the team's stable of talented young drivers for the 2004 season.