Forsythe Atlantic Team Challenged in Mexico MONTERREY, Mexico -- Friday, May 19, 2006 -- The four-car Atlantic Team of Forsythe Championship Racing was challenged today in Monterrey, Mexico as a hot and dusty race track produced mixed results...
Forsythe Atlantic Team Challenged in Mexico
MONTERREY, Mexico -- Friday, May 19, 2006 -- The four-car Atlantic Team of Forsythe Championship Racing was challenged today in Monterrey, Mexico as a hot and dusty race track produced mixed results in Friday's first round of Qualifying as Yokohama Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda, Round 2.
Andreas Wirth #37 INDECK/Wirth Solar
Qualified 4th -- 1m25.239s / 88.861mph / 143.004kph
"We had a difficult session today. The track was very slick and dirty, and we knew it would be, but our setup didn't seem to be the right combination and things didn't go as well as we had hoped. To be honest, I'm surprised to be fourth fastest! We had lots of understeer which is a big issue at this particular track. But we have a good idea what we need to do for tomorrow's Final Qualifying and the guys will give me a good car. I think a top-three qualifying position is within our reach and I'm looking forward to it!"
Leonardo Maia #7 INDECK
Qualified 6th -- 1m25.323s / 88.773mph / 142.862kph
"Thanks to a lot of hard work by the team, I had a pretty good car today. I still need to work on myself and my driving, but the car has more speed left in it and I think we have a shot at the Pole tomorrow. We've got a bit of momentum now and hopefully we can capitalize on it."
Richard Philippe #33 INDECK
Qualified 16th -- 1m26.376s / 87.700mph / 141.136kph
"We made a lot of changes between Practice and Qualifying, but we seem to be struggling with the heat and the low-grip track. We're pretty far off and have a ways to go to get the car good, but I'm sure the team will give me a better car tomorrow so we'll see in the morning practice if we're headed in the right direction."
James Hinchcliffe #3 Emexis/INDECK
Qualified 20th -- 1m26.647s / 87.417mph / 140.680kph
"The car seemed pretty good but I got up behind Leo in the last turn and lost the air off my front wing. As the old saying goes, the driver ran out of talent and I hit the Turn 12 wall a pretty good lick. I bent both the right front and right rear suspension. The team went at it and fixed what they could but the car still wasn't right so we packed it in. In the few laps I did get in before the crash, I could tell we had made good adjustments from the morning session so the car has potential. We had a motor problem this morning but that issue seems to have gone away. One pretty bright spot is we didn't use our new tires so now I have two sets of stickers for the final Qualifying session tomorrow."
Final Qualifying at Fundidora Park in Monterrey, Mexico gets underway at 1:15pm local/CT (2:15pm ET).