CHAMPCAR/CART: Walker Racing Laguna Seca Preview

Derrick Walker - Team Owner: "Laguna Seca - Great classic road track, always a tough one for us, however with good tires that last we feel that we should be competitive. See if we can turn things around." Laguan Seca " Fast Facts" 1998 ...

Derrick Walker - Team Owner:

"Laguna Seca - Great classic road track, always a tough one for us, however with good tires that last we feel that we should be competitive. See if we can turn things around."

Laguan Seca " Fast Facts"

1998 Champion : Brian Herta

Defending Polesitter: Brian Herta

Lenght Track Layout: 2.238 mile road course

Width:: minimum 40 feet/ 12m.

Race Distance: 185.754 miles - 83 laps

Track Records: 1997 - Qualifying (one lap): Brian Herta 67.895 sec 118.666 mph

Road Course Greatest variety of corners. Limit on top speed of 185-190 mph.

The Setup Most difficult type of circuit to set up a car for, because there is such a wide speed range: 65- to 145-mph corners.

Mechanical grip: Springing, ride height and road control are extremely important.

Driving Style You must be as aggressive as possible in the low-speed corners, but change your technique to be very smooth when you go faster.

Broadcast: ESPN2 CART Qualifying 1:30 AM ET (early Sunday) (09/12) Sunday ESPN2 CART 2Day 11:30 AM ET (09/12) Sunday ESPN CART Race 3:00 PM ET (09/12) Sunday EuroSport CART Race 22:00 GMT (09/12) Sunday

Naoki Hattori: "It's a very challenging race track and I'm looking forward to get my number #15 on the track. I'm feeling great and hope I can get some points this time." De Ferran is 7th in the PPG Cup standings with 96 points; has finished on the podium in four races, including a victory at Portland, runner-up effort at Motegi and Cleveland, third at Milwaukee. He also has qualified among the top three drivers for six events, including pole at Motegi and Toronto, second at Cleveland, third at Portland, Road America and Detroit.

History: Gil de Ferran (Valvoline/Cummins Special Honda Reynard) De Ferran won the first race of his CART career at Laguna Seca in 1995. He started third and led 54 of 84 laps. That clinched the 1995 CART Rookie of the year award. 1997 finished fifth.1998 - Qualified 10th and finished 19th, completing 76 of 83 laps before retiring due to contact with Scott Pruett and Patrick Carpentier.

September 15-16, 1999: Derrick Walker - Gil de Ferran & Naoki Hattori - Fontana Test - California. September 24-26, 1999: Derrick Walker - Gil de Ferran & Naoki Hattori - Houston Race.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Patrick Carpentier , Scott Pruett , Naoki Hattori , Brian Herta