DE SILVESTRO COMPLETES FIRST ATLANTIC RACE Las Vegas, NV (April 8, 2007)- The first round of the Cooper Tires Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda was a learning experience for Walker Racing Swiss rookie, Simona De ...
DE SILVESTRO COMPLETES FIRST ATLANTIC RACE
Las Vegas, NV (April 8, 2007)- The first round of the Cooper Tires Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda was a learning experience for Walker Racing Swiss rookie, Simona De Silvestro.
Taking part in her very first Atlantic race, the 18 year-old had a number of trials to get through the 50 minute chase on the streets of downtown Las Vegas. De Silvestro stalled her car in the first lap and fought to play catch up the entire time. Then on the 22nd lap the young Swiss native spun in turn eight resulting in a multi -car crash putting her in 17th position.
Still learning the ropes, De Silvestro proved this weekend that she has the talent to run up front with her Atlantic competitors as she maintained a solid pace.
Walker Racing now heads to Long Beach, California, taking part in round two of the Champ Car Atlantic Championship. De Silvestro will be joined by her teammate Lewis as the duo will be on track next Sunday, April 15, 2007. For more updates on the team please visit www.walkerracing.com <http://www.walkerracing.com/> .
What they had to say...
Simona De Silvestro: "Unfortunately we didn't have the best day today. I made a mistake in the start and stalled the car, which set us back. As the race progressed I was able to overtake some people. The car was good, it was there and was pretty fast. I think if there hadn't been as many yellows we could have been in the top ten. This was a good learning experience and I will just work on my starts for Long Beach."
Derrick Walker: "At the start it looked like there was a bit of a timing issue for Simona, she stalled her car which was the beginning of the end. She had a good car there and I'm sure she would have been right up at the front, but when she stalled at the start, it put her at the back of the pack where all of the things that are going to happen, happen. From there it was down hill because of where we were. I think there was not much Simona could have done about it. People were hitting her from behind and knocking into her, so she was just along for the ride, which is really a shame. Airing on the positive, she came here and was running with the pace all weekend. Simona proved she's got the capability, so with that minor set back she will bounce back and the team will give her another good car in Long Beach."