James Hinchcliffe Takes Third in Montreal Atlantic Race MONTREAL, Quebec - Monday, August 28, 2006 - A damp but drying track requires a roll of the dice in determining whether to use a wet or dry setup, and Forsythe Championship Racing's roll...
James Hinchcliffe Takes Third in Montreal Atlantic Race
MONTREAL, Quebec - Monday, August 28, 2006 - A damp but drying track requires a roll of the dice in determining whether to use a wet or dry setup, and Forsythe Championship Racing's roll came up snake eyes when James Hinchcliffe, starting from pole for the first time in his career, saw a potential second victory of the year slip away just like his #3 Emexis/INDECK was doing on the track.
Using a dry setup with no rain in the forecast and a dry line expected to emerge, the Forsythe team was caught out as a foggy overcast kept the sun from drying the track as predicted. Hinchcliffe led the first six laps until losing the two spots at the famous Turn 10 hairpin as Simon Pagenaud and Graham Rahal, using intermediate wet setups, slipped by. Hinchcliffe held on to finish in third spot, his fourth podium of the year including a victory at Portland.
Leonardo Maia had a strong weekend, qualifying fourth and finishing fifth. Richard Philippe made it three Forsythe cars in the top ten has he crossed the line in ninth, while Andreas Wirth encountered a misfiring engine that relegated the Long Beach and Houston race winner to 12th at the end.
"I kept looking at the sky and hoping the sun would break through but it never did. If the track had dried just a little I think I would have had something for those guys but hey, we had a good weekend and I was really pumped to get my first Pole in front of the Canadian fans! I'm looking forward to Road America (the final race of the season). I've had some success there in the past and want to bring home another win to wrap up the year."
"We set the car up stiff expecting it to dry out but it never did. I think we made the right decision on setup but just got a little unlucky that the fog didn't burn off until a couple of hours after we expected it to. But the guys gave me a good car all weekend; the Layer 7 car was quick and consistent so I'm really confident going into the last race."
"We went a little softer and the car was pretty good. I was able to make a few passes and move up so it was a fun race. Thanks to the guys for all their hard work and I think we'll finish strong at Road America."
"The car had a misfire right from the start. It was so bad at first I thought I might have to pit so the guys could look at it but it got a little better and I just had to hang on. It was very tough to drive with the sputtering engine making it difficult to balance the car through the turns but we managed to keep going and get a few points. We're going to go to the last race at Road America intending to fight for the win and end the season the way we started!"
The season-ending Road America Atlantic Race takes place September 24th, Round 12 as Yokohama Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda. SPEED TV will broadcast the exciting Champ Car Grand Prix of Montreal Atlantic Race on Sunday, September 3rd at 1pm ET (check local listings). For more information, please visit the official series website at www.ChampCarAtlantic.com.
-credit: forsythe racing