Long Beach: Walker Racing race notes

WALKER RACING ENDS LONG BEACH RACE EARLY Long Beach, CA (April 15, 2007)- It was a tough day for Walker Racing as the Imperial Capital Bank Atlantic Challenge at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach was cut short for the squad. The 1.968...

WALKER RACING ENDS LONG BEACH RACE EARLY

Long Beach, CA (April 15, 2007)- It was a tough day for Walker Racing as the Imperial Capital Bank Atlantic Challenge at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach was cut short for the squad.

The 1.968 mile street course found both Walker Racing drivers, Swiss rookie Simona De Silvestro and Brit Ryan Lewis, in a tight spot as they fought to stay on track.

De Silvestro fell circumstance to the first turn woes as she made contact in the first lap causing damage to her front wing making her take a ride back to the pits to repair it. Once the track went green again the 18 year-old hit the wall in turn nine, ending the young rookie's day.

Lewis on the other hand, had an impressive showing as he moved from P17 up to P10, but after battling over-steer he tapped the wall in turn eight, cutting his day short as well.

Walker Racing now heads straight onto Houston as they battle the Reliant Park street circuit next Sunday, April 24th. For more updates on the team please visit www.walkerracing.com <http://www.walkerracing.com/> .

Simona De Silvestro: "It was a little disappointing today. I was cut off in the first lap and damaged my front wing and had to come into the pits. The Walker Racing guys did a great job of putting my wing on quickly and then I had a lot of under-steer and I lost in turn nine and hit the wall. We need to forget this weekend and we'll see for Houston."

Ryan Lewis: "We were looking really strong during the race. Things were looking good, but we had a lot of over-steer and the car was sliding around, progressively getting worse. I hit a bump in the middle of turn eight and happened to slightly tap the wall, bending the toe link and that was the end of our day unfortunately."

Derrick Walker: "We need to qualify further up the grid, number one and number two we've got to stop making mistakes, because we can see the potential is there, but we are not really executing to the full potential of the team. Now it's back to the drawing board and refocus for Houston."

-credit: wr

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Ryan Lewis