Forsythe Atlantic's Wirth and Philippe Third and Fourth in Edmonton EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada -- Sunday, July 23, 2006 -- In an exciting race marked by passes and crashes, Forsythe Championship Racing's Andreas Wirth and Richard Philippe scored...
Forsythe Atlantic's Wirth and Philippe Third and Fourth in Edmonton
EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada -- Sunday, July 23, 2006 -- In an exciting race marked by passes and crashes, Forsythe Championship Racing's Andreas Wirth and Richard Philippe scored valuable points as they finished third and fourth in today's West Edmonton Mall Grand Prix Presented by The Brick Atlantic Race. James Hinchcliffe had just passed eventual second-place finisher Graham Rahal when he drifted into the rubber marbles left from the earlier Champ Car race and found the unforgiving concrete wall for his first DNF of the year, while Leonardo Maia encountered a clutch problem on the start and went a lap down before finally getting underway for a 17th place finish.
"I got a terrible start; the motor bogged and I fell back to fifth. Halfway into the race I came up on a lapped car that wasn't watching the mirrors and (Graham) Rahal got by. Then Joe (D'Agostino) started falling back and I was able to get past for fourth. When Rafael (leader Matos) crashed I moved up to third, so the outcome was ok but it should have been better."
"I got a great start and came up to third at the first turn so it was looking good, but then I put a wheel in the dirt and spun. I was lucky when I ended up facing in the right direction and kept going, but I lost a bunch of positions back to sixth. I got beside the 34 car at one point but it wasn't a good place to try and pass, so I lost my momentum and (Danilo) Dirani got past me. But I got him back on the next lap and then got around Joe (#34 D'Agostino) so I was in fourth. It was a fun race but it could have been a lot better if I hadn't spun out!"
"We just can't find any luck this year. The clutch pedal got hung up on the clutch stop, and that never happens! I couldn't release the clutch to get going at the start and by the time we figured out what was going on I was already a lap down. The guys are working really hard for me and we deserve better results for sure. But the Layer 7 car was good this weekend and one of these days our luck is going to change, so I'm looking forward to San Jose and the rest of the races. Our day is coming."
"It's the oldest joke in racing -- I got halfway through the corner and ran out of talent! Actually I missed the apex by a foot or so and discovered that those Champ Cars leave a lot of marbles! This was the first time we raced after the Champ Cars this year and I'm a bit surprised they didn't use the jet blower to clean the track, but it's a lesson learned and something I'll be on the lookout for in the future. But at the end of the day, it was a mistake and I paid for it. That's only the second DNF in my racing career, and last time I had a DNF (in Formula BMW USA) I won the next race, so hopefully that will be the pattern!"
Now the series packs up and heads directly to the downtown streets of San Jose, California for Round Nine as Yokohama Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Powered by Mazda. For more information, visit the official series website at www.ChampCarAtlantic.com.