Forsythe Atlantic Foursome Encounter Rain and Red Flags in Portland PORTLAND, Oregon -- June 16, 2006 -- Rain and a Red Flag during today's first round of Qualifying for the Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland Trinity Carpet 100K Atlantic race kept...
Forsythe Atlantic Foursome Encounter Rain and Red Flags in Portland
PORTLAND, Oregon -- June 16, 2006 -- Rain and a Red Flag during today's first round of Qualifying for the Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland Trinity Carpet 100K Atlantic race kept Forsythe Championship Racing's four drivers from challenging for the Provisional Pole. After just a handful of laps, a Red Flag came out for a stalled car on track, and just as the track went back to green the skies opened and soaked the picturesque 1.964-mile Portland International Raceway road course, eliminating any chance to improve for all the drivers.
Leonardo Maia #7 INDECK
"We just got screwed by the rain. We're only two tenths of a second off the pole time so we're right there, but it's a little unfortunate that we had some bad luck. If there hadn't been a red flag, I think our timing for going to our second set of Yokohamas would have been perfect. With new tires, we would have been right there. But we've been fast all day, second quickest in the morning practice, so I'm very optimistic for tomorrow. We're aiming for the Pole, not just a good result."
Andreas Wirth #37 INDECK/Wirth Solar
"We went out and the car was good in the first few laps, but then we just couldn't find any space on the track. Since we had such a poor result at the last race in Monterrey, and the pit selections are based on the team's last race, every time I left pit lane I was in the middle of a bunch of slower cars. I don't think I had the car for Pole today, but I'm sure I would have been top five. With the red flag and the rain, it just didn't happen."
James Hinchcliffe #3 Emexis/INDECK
"It was disappointing since practice went so well (5th in the morning session) but with the rain it just wasn't to be. I had a bit of understeer in the first session so I came in to make some changes. Just as I was about to go back out, the red came out so that was it. But the car was good in the dry and it's supposed to be dry the rest of the weekend so I'm confident."
Richard Philippe #33 INDECK
"I only got five laps in before the Red Flag came out so that was it, but I seem to be getting up to speed a bit slowly this weekend. I'm still getting used to the flow of an Atlantic car and still learning, but I'd have to say that I am disappointed. But tomorrow is another day and the weather forecast looks good so hopefully we'll get the car working well in the morning practice and I'll be in the top ten again for the race."
Final Qualifying for the Trinity Carpets 100k takes place Saturday, June 17 at 1pm local/PT (4pm ET). For more information, please visit the official websites of Forsythe Racing and the Yokohama Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda: www.Forsythe-Racing.com www.ChampCarAtlantic.com