CHAMPCAR/CART: Cleveland: Walker Racing Friday report

Rodolfo Lavin (R), ...

Rodolfo Lavin (R), #5 Corona Competition Team Ford-Cosworth XFE-Reynard-Bridgestone

"My fastest lap from the second run I should have done on the first run and been a little bit quicker on the second run. There was a lot of traffic on the first outing though and it really slowed me down. The Corona car was way better from this morning. We went back to the set-up we had yesterday and the car was just much better. Tomorrow is a very long race, 115 laps, and the weather is going to be like this -- warm and sticky, so at least we know we have a good car for these conditions."

Fast Facts:

Will mark his ninth Champ Car start, Marks his first Champ Car start at Cleveland, Has four previous starts at the circuit contesting races in Toyota Atlantic (2001 - 2002) and Indy Lights (1996 & 1999)

Darren Manning, (R), #15 RAC Walker Racing Ford-Cosworth XFE-Reynard-Bridgestone

"We got down to a 59.2 earlier in the weekend and basically we haven't gone any faster. I'm slightly disappointed in that. It's just very tough coming to a race track that we haven't tested on. I thought we had a really good car. During testing earlier in the week (at Mid-Ohio) we had the RAC Walker Racing car working really well and we were second fastest in this afternoon's practice session, but the 59.1 I posted in qualifying was just the fastest the car was going to go."

Fast Facts:

Will be his tenth Champ Car start and ninth with Walker Racing, Has seven top-ten finishes to his credit in nine starts, Currently tenth in the drivers' championship with 42 points and second in the Rookie of the Year standings

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Darren Manning , Rodolfo Lavin