Houston Challenges Mount for Red Bull Team Forsythe Atlantic Team HOUSTON, Texas -- Saturday 21 April 2007 -- After a difficult Friday that saw the Red Bull Team Forsythe cars of John Edwards and Robert Wickens struggle to break into the top ten...
Houston Challenges Mount for Red Bull Team Forsythe Atlantic Team
HOUSTON, Texas -- Saturday 21 April 2007 -- After a difficult Friday that saw the Red Bull Team Forsythe cars of John Edwards and Robert Wickens struggle to break into the top ten in provisional qualifying for the Champ Car Atlantic Fast Track 100 at the Houston Grand Prix, the challenges continued on Saturday as Edwards' bid for a good starting spot disappeared with a sick electrical system while Wickens continued to suffer from balance and grip issues. Wickens, an 18 year-old high school student from Toronto who currently sits second in the point standings after outstanding weekends at the first two events in Las Vegas and Long Beach, will line up 14th on the 28-car grid. Edwards, a native of Little Rock, Arkansas and the youngest driver in Atlantic history at age 16, fell down the standings today as he watched helplessly from the side of his disabled car and will take the green flag from 21st spot.
Robert Wickens 14th in Qualifying
"We're getting quicker, but we're suffering from the fact that we were so far off the first day. We're still playing catch-up, and with a field this talented and teams this good it's pretty difficult. I had a gear selection problem early in the session that made it really hard to downshift so I had to concentrate on the shifting, and we've been having trouble putting the power to the ground all weekend. Any time I try to get back on the power as early as I'd like the rear steps out. It's frustrating, but we'll keep looking at the data and I'm confident we'll be better for the race."
John Edwards 21st in Qualifying
"The car felt much, much more stable this afternoon but unfortunately we experienced some sort of electrical problem that killed the engine just as we came out on new Coopers. I could crank the engine over but it just wouldn't fire. We're just having one of those weekends but tomorrow's another day and I'm pretty sure we'll be able to move up and hopefully score some points."