Road America: Walker Racing Saturday notes

Measured Improvement for Walker Racing in Elkhart Lake Elkhart Lake, WI (August 11, 2007)- Today was a much better day for Walker Racing duo Simona De Silvestro ( ...

Measured Improvement for Walker Racing in Elkhart Lake

Elkhart Lake, WI (August 11, 2007)- Today was a much better day for Walker Racing duo Simona De Silvestro (#5 Miauton) and Ryan Lewis (#15 NCPI Solutions/InSport) as they both finished in the top ten for tomorrow's Generac Grand Prix.

One would never know that this was the first time to Road America for De Silvestro, as she continued to get stronger each time she jumped behind the wheel. The Swiss Miss took to the 4.048 mile road course like a true pro as she turned the seventh fastest lap time of 1:59.828 seconds.

Everything finally started to come together for Lewis today. After a tough go around yesterday, today was a lot easier for the Brit, who struggled to find the right balance and grip. In the beginning of the session it started to look grim, but once the new tires came on Lewis was able to secure himself in the top ten, clocking the tenth quickest time of 1:59.996 seconds.

The green flag drops at 12:45 p.m. ET. (ESPN360.com, Live) for the Generac Grand Prix. For more updates on the team please visit www.walkerracing.com.

What they had to say....

Ryan Lewis: "Today was a better day. We went the right way with the car in practice this morning. We only really got decent good lap in qualifying, but as soon as we put new tires on and improved a great deal. We picked up a lot of time and I think there was still more time as it was. It's kind of disappointing we didn't go quicker and move further up the grip, but we have some work to do. At least we are not as far down as we were yesterday, we have improved and at least we know which way to go with the car now and hopefully we will be strong for the race tomorrow."

Simona De Silvestro: "We had a pretty good session and I'm happy with P7. The car was good and it's great riding alone, but on the draft we need to work on that for the race, because to pass here you have to draft somebody. I have to thank my engineer, Kent Boyer, for the good job that he did, the car improved a lot and we will be ready for tomorrow."

Derrick Walker: "We ran out of time with Ryan's setup, I don't think we really got the car that he needed and it's one of those sessions where traffic is critical, getting the right car to run with at the right time. Unfortunately we didn't get there with Ryan. As for Simona, the car continues to improve and we managed to make the most of it in this session. It was good driving by Simona, good car, good team effort and we should be good for tomorrow."

-credit: wr

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