Chris Green charges through the pack to finish 12th at the Tecate/Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix Monterrey, Mexico (March 22nd, 2003) -- Canadian driver Chris Green charged back to a twelfth place finish after dropping as low as 20th place in this...
Chris Green charges through the pack to finish 12th at the Tecate/Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix
Monterrey, Mexico (March 22nd, 2003) -- Canadian driver Chris Green charged back to a twelfth place finish after dropping as low as 20th place in this afternoon's Tecate/Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix, the featured support race to the Champ Car Championship. After setting the second fastest time in Friday's provisional qualifying on the 2,104-mile street course, his goal was to improve one spot on Saturday. For an unexplained reason, the car handled very badly in the second qualifying session. Chris had to settle for a tenth place start.
In the race on Saturday under sunny skies, Chris experienced the same major handling problems and spun on the second lap. He lost ten positions and he returned to the race in 20th place overall.
By lap 11, he had moved into 14th place after passing Victor Gonzales, Mike Richardson, Racer Kashima, Robbie Montinola, Hima Maher and Burt Friselle. After seven laps in 14th place, he moved into twelfth after passing Antoine Bessette and Al Unser Jr. He was able to hold his position until the checkered flag and collect 4 points, taking the 6th place rank in the Championship standings. Following are his post race comments:
"I had quite a difficult day," said Green. "Friday I was second fastest, the car was handling perfect. As for today, we just didn't quite have the car. I was fighting with over steer the whole qualifying session and most of the race. It's just disappointing because qualifying is so much a part of this sport."
"Even though we brought modifications before the race, the first five laps were very difficult. I spun the car in the second lap. It just got away from me. No one was around. It just happened, one of those things, just racing," explained Green. "We went almost to last. Then the car started to handle better, and I started passing people. That was really, really difficult on this track. I think I was one guy who was able to pass people fighting for position on this track."
"The crew worked really hard and considering we dropped to 20th, going home with an 12th place finish and some points isn't too bad. I'm sure we'll figure out the problem and show better at Laguna Seca," concluded an optimistic Chris Green.
"We had better days," said team principle Ron Green. "It's just a very strong competition over here now. I think if you want to go racing, this is the series you want to go racing because it's so tight."
David Martinez won today's race, followed by Leonardo Maia and Memo Rojas.
Round three of the 10-race 2003 Barber Pro Dodge Series is scheduled for Sunday, June 15, at the Champ Car World Series Championship Grand Prix of Monterey weekend on the Laguna Seca race track, in California.