Cleveland: Forsythe Racing race notes

Robert Wickens Charges to Fifth in Cleveland CLEVELAND, Ohio: A difficult weekend at the Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by LaSalle Bank ended on a positive note today for Red Bull Team Forsythe as the Champ Car Atlantic race saw 18-year...

Robert Wickens Charges to Fifth in Cleveland

CLEVELAND, Ohio: A difficult weekend at the Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by LaSalle Bank ended on a positive note today for Red Bull Team Forsythe as the Champ Car Atlantic race saw 18-year old Toronto high school student Robert Wickens move from 11th on the grid to a strong fifth at the checkered flag. After passing four cars on the first lap, Wickens methodically moved up to sixth by Lap 15 where he found himself stuck behind another car that was generating significant turbulence, causing the #3 Red Bull Mazda/Swift/Cooper to understeer when Wickens got close.

Staying calm and adjusting his anti-roll bars to compensate, Wickens closed in on Lap 24 and made a decisive move at Turn One to claim the position. The move enabled the Canadian to hold onto third spot in the season point standings just three markers out of second at the halfway point in the season.

Teammate John Edwards, at age 16 the youngest driver in the Atlantic Championship, had a frustrating event as he was forced to pit lane early in the event with a punctured tire and fell a lap down. The teenager from Little Rock, Arkansas, who showed good pace early in the season but has encountered more than his share of bad luck in the last few races, holds on to 16th spot in the championship standings.

Robert Wickens

Finished Fifth
Third in Point Standings with 140

"That was a fun race! I got a good start and the car was sweet in the first half of the race. I got behind (Jonathan) Bomarito and his car seemed to cause a lot of understeer on my car when I got close, but I made some roll bar adjustments and it was better. I got past at Turn 1 and managed to get right on the gearbox of (Giacomo) Ricci at the checkered flag but ran out of time. But it was a good result considering we started 11th. I was up sick all last night with some sort of food poisoning so I'm pretty happy with the outcome!"

John Edwards

Finished 19th
16th in Point Standings with 38

"I don't know what we need to do to turn this luck around. The car was the best it's been all weekend but I got a flat tire and that was that. It's really frustrating since the team is working so hard and we're not getting the results. But we're keeping our chins up because we know our luck is going to change eventually. I'm glad we're going to a track where nobody has any experience (Mont Tremblant) so we'll be on equal footing with everyone. Our day is going to come eventually!"

Next up is a historic venue in the heart of Quebec as Champ Car heads for the spectacular Mont Tremblant road course in the beautiful Laurentian Mountains north of Montreal.

-credit: forsythe-racing

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Robert Wickens , John Edwards