CHAMPCAR/CART: Cleveland: Walker Racing Saturday notes

Walker Racing Qualifies in the Top Ten for Grand Prix of Cleveland Both Walker Racing drivers, Swiss rookie, Simona De Silvestro and Brit, Ryan Lewis, both landed top ten qualifying positions for tomorrow's Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented...

Walker Racing Qualifies in the Top Ten for Grand Prix of Cleveland

Both Walker Racing drivers, Swiss rookie, Simona De Silvestro and Brit, Ryan Lewis, both landed top ten qualifying positions for tomorrow's Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by LaSalle Bank.

Building on a positive run yesterday, De Silvestro (#5 Miauton) zoomed around the 2.106 mile Burke Lakefront Airport circuit, clocking the eighth fastest time of 1:06.312 seconds (114.352 mph). The 18-year old found the right balance on her car today and made changes in positive a direction allowing her to qualify in the top ten.

Not only was it a positive day for the rookie, but for her teammate, Lewis (#15 NCPI Solutions/ InSport), as well who qualified ninth on the grid for tomorrow's race after earning a time of 1:06.354 seconds (114.260 mph). It was a better day for the Brit, but Lewis still found himself struggling to find the right balance on new tires.

Stay tuned as Walker Racing hits the pavement tomorrow morning for warm-up at 9:00 a.m. ET and then the green flag for tomorrow's Champ Car Atlantic race will drop at 10:30 a.m. ET. For more updates on the team please visit www.walkerracing.com <http://www.walkerracing.com/> .

What they had to say...

Ryan Lewis: "We were running up there in the front again and when we put new tires on we couldn't pick up a huge amount of grip anywhere and we ended up towards the back of the top ten again. There are still things to improve with the car, but the game plan for tomorrow is to run a good warm up, make the car as consistent as possible and make it easy to drive for tomorrow's race."

Simona De Silvestro: "I think this was the best session we have had. The car was really consistent on new tires and I made a little mistake on my fast lap so I lost two or three tenths. There are a couple things we can work on for the race, but we are headed in the right way and I'm excited to race on the Cleveland circuit, it's so much fun."

Derrick Walker: "The whole weekend has really been a fast pace in engineering with changing the car and it getting faster and faster. The field in Atlantic is so competitive and so close that every tenth counts. The position that we ended up today is probably not as good as we wanted it, but in reality considering everything the guys have been working on and the drivers driving as hard as they can, I think it was a good, solid performance for the team. Not the worst place to start here in Cleveland. A lot of team work has gone into it and I'm pretty happy with where we ended up."

-credit: wr

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