Forsythe Atlantic Foursome Qualify Up Front in Denver DENVER, Colorado - Saturday, August 12, 2006 - In yet another incredibly competitive Qualifying session as Yokohama Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda, Round 10 at...
Forsythe Atlantic Foursome Qualify Up Front in Denver
DENVER, Colorado - Saturday, August 12, 2006 - In yet another incredibly competitive Qualifying session as Yokohama Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda, Round 10 at the Grand Prix of Denver saw all four Forsythe drivers qualify well up the order led by Andreas Wirth who will start from the third row of the grid after setting a time just 3/100ths of a second from the front row. The second-year Atlantic driver from Heidelberg, Germany won the Denver round last season to mark his first career Atlantic victory. Teammate Richard Philippe will start on row four with James Hinchcliffe lining up directly behind on row five, while Leonardo Maia secured a seventh row start in the 25-car, 13-row field.
"The car was good and my fast lap was clean, but this series is so competitive it seems like a small gust of wind can move you up or back five positions! Early in the session the car was a bit loose on the exit of the corners, but the guys made some adjustments and the car was very nice. If I could have found just a tenth of a second I could have been on the front row! But I had a good Sunday here last year when I won my first Atlantic race, so I'm confident that I can move up and get on the podium."
"The car was very good. The front end was really, really planted so I could turn and brake very well. I touched one of the tire walls about midway through the session but it didn't seem to affect the car. I had a bit of trouble with traffic and there was a Red Flag right when I was on a really good lap so we were just a bit unlucky. But the car feels good and it should be a great race."
"We just never could get the car exactly right. We struggled with an entry oversteer, exit understeer condition that we couldn't completely get rid of. To be honest, I was pretty happy to get the lap I did because it would be hard to do that lap time consistently. But we have a pretty good idea what needs to be changed for the race and with a bit of luck we'll get the car right during the Warmup tomorrow morning so we can have a strong result."
"There were several places where the car would go really loose in the middle of the corner. The guys made a rear damper change that helped, but we ran out of time to make it better. But we're up in the top half of the field and the race is probably going to be pretty chaotic, so I'll be looking to move up early and with just a little luck we should be able to get another good result."