Forsythe Atlantic Track Pack - Solid Day in Denver, Fifth Place for Wirth DENVER, Colorado - Sunday, August 13, 2006 - Forsythe Championship Racing's four-car Atlantic team had mixed results in Denver today but the outcome was solid as Andreas...
Forsythe Atlantic Track Pack - Solid Day in Denver, Fifth Place for Wirth
DENVER, Colorado - Sunday, August 13, 2006 - Forsythe Championship Racing's four-car Atlantic team had mixed results in Denver today but the outcome was solid as Andreas Wirth, third in the series standings, scored valuable championship points by coming home in fifth place. James Hinchclilffe ended the race in seventh while Leonardo Maia crossed the finish line 12th in the 25-car field. Richard Philippe, who had a stirring battle with teammate Hinchcliffe throughout the first half of the event, ended his day early when he brushed the Turn 8 wall and eventually suffered suspension failure as a result.
"The Indeck car was very fast everywhere except the two corners that led onto the back straight. I just wasn't able to go through there flat out without the back of the car getting loose so I wasn't able to close in. It's frustrating but there's nothing to do about it. We'll go to Montreal and Elkhart Lake and do everything we can to win the last two races."
"It was a difficult race. The car was just so right this morning in the practice session but we seemed to lose the balance as the day warmed up by race time. I had a pretty good battle with Richard. I can't believe I made two little mistakes that let him back by! But we got some decent points and hopefully we can build some momentum for Montreal."
"The car was really loose all day and I was working hard just to keep it off the concrete walls! I had a pretty good battle with Justin Sofio and made a good clean pass near the end to move up, but it wasn't the result we wanted. But I'm looking forward to Montreal. That's a track I really like and I feel like I'm due for a result that shows just how hard all the guys are working."
"I brushed the wall coming out of Turn 8 but luckily didn't do any damage, and then just a few laps later I did it again! That last time it bent the front and rear suspension on the right side and the car was kind of going sideways after that but I was still able to do pretty good lap times. But then the stress broke the front wishbone and I had to come into the pits. It was a bummer so all I can do is thank the team for doing a great job and look forward to Montreal."
Speed TV will broadcast the Denver race on a tape-delayed basis on Saturday, August 19 at 3pm ET (check local listings). The next race takes place August 27 on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in the shadows of downtown Montreal, Quebec - Round 11 of 12 as Yokohama Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda. For more information, visit the official series website at www.ChampCarAtlantic.com.