Mont-Tremblant: Walker Racing qualifying notes

Kevin Lacroix Starts on Front Row in Mont Tremblant for Walker Racing Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada (June 28, 2008) - Wet weather conditions didn't slow Walker Racing down today. Canadian Kevin Lacroix ( ...

Kevin Lacroix Starts on Front Row in Mont Tremblant for Walker Racing

Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada (June 28, 2008) - Wet weather conditions didn't slow Walker Racing down today. Canadian Kevin Lacroix (#25 Uni-Select/Deans Knight Capital Management Ltd/Wasteco) secured a front row spot for the team at his home track, Circuit Mont Tremblant. Today proved to be a successful day for the Indianapolis based squad as they completed two back-to-back qualifying sessions.

The Saint-Eustache, Quebec, Canada native proved his skills today. The 19 year old was the fifth quickest in the first session, clocking a time of 1:29.656. Rain didn't hold Lacroix back in the second session. The Canadian was more than a second faster than Daniel Morad, as he recorded a lap of 1:43.313, putting him on the front row for tomorrow's race. This marks the second time for Lacroix to compete at this circuit. He qualified seventh here last year and finished eighth.

It was a different story for brothers Greg and Leo Mansell, sons of former Formula One and CART/IndyCar champion, Nigel Mansell. Rookies to the Mont Tremblant circuit, the Brits had a steep learning curve as the track conditions continued to change throughout the day.

Learning the lines of the track in the wet, Greg Mansell (#5 Sunseeker) and Leo Mansell (#15 Sunseeker), proved they were ready for the task. Greg qualified 11th in both sessions with a time of 1:30.185. As for Leo, he qualified 18th in both sessions, with a combined fast time of 1:31.397.

Walker Racing will hit the pavement at 9:00 a.m. ET for warm-up and again at 1:00 p.m. ET for the Sommet des Legendes at Circuit Mont-Tremblant. For more updates on the team, please visit www.walkerracing.com.

What they had to say...

Greg Mansell (#5 Sunseeker): "It was very wet today. There was a lot of standing water and spray was the biggest problem with the tunnels in the car and they threw up a lot of water which was hard with the visibility. It was hard work, but good experience. It was the first time I had ever driven the cars in the wet, so that was the main thing."

Kevin Lacroix (#25 Uni-Select/Deans Knight Capital Management Ltd./Wasteco): "Today was pretty tricky. There was a lot of standing water and I was going sideways some. Overall, it was good. I know that I like these conditions. I've always been fast in the wet. It's all about confidence and control. The Uni-Select/Deans Knight Capital Management Ltd/ Wasteco car was great, too. It's very tough to get a good wet setup, but we got it right on. I'm happy to be home and to be on the front row. I want to thank the team, Walker Racing, and my sponsors Uni-Select/ Deans Knight Capital Management Ltd/ Wasteco, and hopefully tomorrow I can bring them home a win."

Derrick Walker, Walker Racing Owner: "With terrible conditions, Kevin really got into a tremendous rhythm and took advantage of the changing track and was at speed at the right time and did a fantastic job. Good result for the team all around. Greg and Leo had slightly different set-ups. Obviously, looking at the results, they didn't work for them quite as well as they did for Kevin. We have some work to do, but we've learned quite a lot today so we are cautiously optimistic about tomorrow."

-credit: wr

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Nigel Mansell , Kevin Lacroix , Daniel Morad , Leo Mansell , Greg Mansell