CHAMPCAR/CART: Walker Racing Firebird test notes 2003-03-13

Walker Racing rookies get valuable testing miles. INDIANAPOLIS (March 13, 2003) - Walker Racing drivers Rodolfo Lavin and Darren Manning completed a two-day test, Tuesday and Wednesday, at Firebird International Raceway's 1.25-mile East ...

Walker Racing rookies get valuable testing miles.

INDIANAPOLIS (March 13, 2003) - Walker Racing drivers Rodolfo Lavin and Darren Manning completed a two-day test, Tuesday and Wednesday, at Firebird International Raceway's 1.25-mile East course. The drivers combined to complete 480 miles in the 80 degree, sunny Arizona weather running through several car changes, long runs, practice pit stops and simulated race runs.

"Our focus was consistency and learning more about what our drivers need from the Reynard," said team owner Derrick Walker. "I was particularly pleased with the consistency of the Bridgestone tires. Firebird always presents a challenge for grip and, especially in testing you need the tires to hang in there with you. Overall, the drivers ran well and we're pleased with the progress we made."

Only fellow-rookie Ryan Hunter-Reay of American Spirit Team Johansson was testing as the Walker Racing rookies circled the track.

"The test days were very important, since before the season we didn't have a chance to test very much," said Rodolfo Lavin, pilot of the #5 Corona Competition Team entry. "Just having the time behind the wheel is important, to get the miles in. Wednesday was especially productive for us. We tried a number of changes on the car to prepare for Monterrey and also practiced pit stops."

Teammate Darren Manning was equally satisfied with progress the team made.

"We were able to get through tons of stuff and got good data from the things that we wanted to try with the car," Manning said. "It was good for me just to have more time in the car. I have another few hundred miles of seat time now. Got some experience with how certain changes affect the car, so hopefully that experience will help me give better feedback to the engineers in the future. Specifically for Monterrey, we tried some set-ups that we expect will help us on the slippery circuit, so hopefully we can be pretty good right out of the box."

Walker Racing returns to Champ Car competition next weekend for the Grand Prix of Monterrey, Round 2 of the 2003 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford on Sunday, March 23. The race will air live on SPEED with a half hour pre-race show starting at 12:30 p.m. Eastern.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Darren Manning , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Rodolfo Lavin