Forsythe Atlantic Track Pack Secure Top Ten Grid Positions for Second Race of Cleveland Doubleheader CLEVELAND, Ohio - June 24, 2006 - Following Andreas Wirth's Pole Position for today's first race of the Gehl Atlantic Championship of ...
Forsythe Atlantic Track Pack Secure Top Ten Grid Positions for Second Race of Cleveland Doubleheader
CLEVELAND, Ohio - June 24, 2006 - Following Andreas Wirth's Pole Position for today's first race of the Gehl Atlantic Championship of Cleveland doubleheader weekend, this morning Forsythe Championship Racing's "Track Pack" foursome all claimed top ten grid spots for Sunday's final event. Young French prodigy Richard Philippe, 16-year old brother of Champ Car driver Nelson Philippe, grabbed the first top-three grid position of his Atlantic career, followed by Championship points leader Andreas Wirth in fifth, Leonardo Maia in seventh and James Hinchcliffe in ninth.
"Finally in the top three! I have to thank the team and my engineer for all their hard work. John Brunner (Team Manager) and Neil Micklewright (VP of Operations) have helped me a lot to stay strong even though we've had some bad luck this year. Lee Bentham, our diving coach, has really been key to my finding some speed in my first visit here. The car was very good, maybe even good enough for pole, but I'm satisfied with third for now. We're headed in the right direction and the race today should be a lot of fun since I didn't qualify well yesterday and will start 17th, but I have a really good car today and there are opportunities to pass on this track so I hope to move up. I'm very happy!"
"It started out very good. We changed tires during the Red Flag before the halfway point and maybe we did that too early. I think the tires lost a little bit by the end, so we probably should have waited a bit before going to the last set of Yokohamas. We made a little change that didn't really go in the right direction and the car was a bit loose. I had three laps that were better but I put a wheel off in one corner on one lap, then I had some traffic, and then I had to back off when James went off right in front of me. But I'm in a good spot for the race tomorrow and will start from Pole today. With my point lead I don't need to win all the time; I just need to always score points and that's a good position to be in."
"I'm a little disappointed because we were up at the top about midway through the session, but at the end I just didn't have it. As usual the team did a great job and I had a great job. We looked at the data afterwards and there are two spots where I'm losing all my time but if I can fix those and get a little of the time back that I'm losing there I'll be right there. Unfortunately I'm going to have to work on those problem spots today during the race, but I'm fast where I need to be fast so I think we'll be good for both races."
"We definitely found some time in the car today, and we definitely found some time in me. We only got six laps in the dry yesterday because of the rain and the Red Flags, so I'm still learning my way around here in this car. I was on a lap that would have put us P3, but I made a mistake coming out of Turn 8 and spun right in front of Andreas. When the green flag drops I think we'll be one of the fastest cars on track."