Monterrey: Forsythe Racing race notes

Forsythe Atlantic Team -- Mixed Fortunes in Monterrey MONTERREY, Nuevo Leon, Mexico -- May 21, 2006 -- Forsythe Championship Racing's four-car Atlantic "Track Pack" wrapped up a challenging weekend in Mexico with mixed results in today's...

Forsythe Atlantic Team -- Mixed Fortunes in Monterrey

MONTERREY, Nuevo Leon, Mexico -- May 21, 2006 -- Forsythe Championship Racing's four-car Atlantic "Track Pack" wrapped up a challenging weekend in Mexico with mixed results in today's third round of the Yokohama Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda on the 2.104-mile road course at Fundidora Park in the heart of Monterrey. Andreas Wirth consolidated his Championship points lead by moving from his tenth-place starting spot to finish sixth, marking the high point of a frustrating event for the team.

Andreas Wirth - #37 INDECK/Wirth Solar
Finished 6th -- Leads Championship

"As a team we had a terrible weekend, but at least today the car was more competitive. The team worked very hard overnight and came up with a setup that was much better, but it's too bad we didn't find the problem on Friday or even Saturday. Our pace today was close to the leaders and I was able to move up several spots at the start and through the race. We're going testing next week in Florida so hopefully we can recover our momentum and head to the next race at Portland with a strong car. I quite like the Portland track; it's one of my favorites so it will be a good place for the team to get back where we should be."

Leonardo Maia - #7 INDECK
Finished 10th -- 10th in Championship

"The car was better today, but still not what I needed to move up. This was just a very, very frustrating weekend after I started to find more speed at the last race in Houston. Now we'll go testing at Sebring and I'm pretty sure we'll be much more on the pace at Portland. It's a good track for me and I'm definitely ready to move on after a tough time for the whole team here in Monterrey. Everybody worked very hard this week but we just never found the combination."

James Hinchcliffe - #3 Emexis/INDECK
Finished 16th -- 4th in Championship

"I guess that's what you'd call a character-building weekend. Hopefully this is the low point of the year for us. We all just had a fundamental lack of grip all weekend. We're still scratching our heads over what we missed, but at the end of the day we just weren't up to our usual standard. That's not how we roll on this team. I'm sure there will be some motivational speeches in the shop this week and I have no doubt we'll bounce back and be strong in Portland. I think it's safe to say our Sebring test next week will be a pretty serious affair. We've got a chip on our shoulder now and we're all pretty angry at how this weekend went."

Richard Philippe - #33 INDECK
Finished 17th -- 25th in Championship

"At least I finished a race for the first time this year! We were just off all weekend no matter what we tried. It's very mysterious; it's like we were all dragging boat anchors around or something. The car had no grip and we still don't know why. But this track isn't like any other we go to, so at least we don't have to face these exact circumstances again this season. I think you'll see us all very motivated at the next race!"

The fourth event of the 12-race Champ Car Atlantic Championship, the G.I. Joe's Grand Prix of Portland takes place on June 18th in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. For more information, visit the official Atlantic website at www.champcaratlantic.com.

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