Houston: Forsythe Racing Thursday notes

FORSYTHE FOURSOME IN THE MIX AT GRAND PRIX OF HOUSTON HOUSTON, Texas -- May 11, 2006 -- With all four drivers once again in the top half of the provisional grid after today's first round of Qualifying for Saturday night's Fast Trac 100 around...

FORSYTHE FOURSOME IN THE MIX AT GRAND PRIX OF HOUSTON

HOUSTON, Texas -- May 11, 2006 -- With all four drivers once again in the top half of the provisional grid after today's first round of Qualifying for Saturday night's Fast Trac 100 around the grounds of Reliant Stadium and the Astrodome, Forsythe Championship Racing's dynamic Atlantic squad of Andreas Wirth, James Hinchcliffe, Richard Philippe and Leonardo Maia continued the momentum from Long Beach where Wirth grabbed the win and Hinchcliffe joined him on the podium in third.

John Brunner - Team Manager

"I was very pleased with the way things went today. This new track is pretty unusual in that it's all concrete and extremely bumpy, but we seemed to get on top of it reasonably well and it seems like it all came down to who had a clear lap at the end of the session. When you put 29 cars on a tight circuit like this it's a bit of a crapshoot whether you can find space on track, but the guys did a great job and tomorrow will be a chance to improve."

Andreas Wirth - #37 INDECK/Wirth Solar

"I was a bit disappointed, even though we did ok. There was so much traffic and several red flags so it was very difficult to put together a lap when the tires were at the optimum. The car wasn't perfect and we will have to work on it tomorrow, but there is room for improvement so we should do well. I really wanted that point for taking the Provisional Pole today, but we will just have to go for it tomorrow!"

James Hinchcliffe - #3 Emexis/INDECK

"A good day! The car was quick all day so I thought I had a good shot at the first-day Pole, but I ran into traffic on my last two laps when the tires were at their best and that was it. We've got a few things we're going to look at tonight and so tomorrow we should be quicker if we get the car right and manage to find some space out there. The track is bumpy but the layout is just very, very fun to drive. I'm having a great time here in Houston and the Forsythe boys are going to put us out front again!"

Richard Philippe - #33 INDECK

"Well, I have to say this track is a very nice layout. It's pretty bumpy but you get a nice rhythm and it's fun. The car was really good today but it's very tough to find a clear lap. It seemed like every time I had a really good lap going I'd come up on someone and have to give up those tenths of a second that you need to be on the pole. We have room for improvement on the car and there's no reason we shouldn't be very fast tomorrow so I'm looking forward to it!"

Leonardo Maia - #7 INDECK

"This morning in practice I was running in the top ten pretty consistently and in looking at my section times it seemed like just a bit here and there would have put me up in the top three, so I was expecting a lot. It's frustrating that I couldn't convert that speed this morning into a front grid position. We'll look at the data in the morning and get back in the hunt. This is a great team and it seems like we're right there so I'm confident we'll be faster tomorrow."

Final Qualifying for the Fast Trac 100 takes place under the lights at 6:30pm CT (7:30pm ET, 23:30 UTC) as Yokohama Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda, Round #2. For more information, please visit the official website of the Atlantic Championship at www.champcaratlantic.com.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Leonardo Maia , Andreas Wirth , Richard Philippe , James Hinchcliffe