Walker Racing rookie Darren Manning finished eighth in today's Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver piloting his ...
Walker Racing rookie Darren Manning finished eighth in today's Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver piloting his #15 RAC Walker Racing Champ Car with new primary sponsorship from sportsbook.com into the Champ Car World Series record books. The 28-year-old Englishman is the first rookie driver in Champ Car history to collect eight consecutive top-ten finishes.
Corona driver Rodolfo Lavin had an early exit after contact with Herdez Competition drivers Mario Dominguez and Roberto Moreno braking into Turn 5 on the green flag lap. Damage to the front right corner prevented the rookie from continuing.
Rodolfo Lavin (R), #5 Corona Competition Team Ford-Cosworth XFE-Reynard-Bridgestone
"I was trying to take Jimmy Vasser on the inside line into Turn 5 under braking and I just couldn't stop the car. Dominguez, then Moreno hit me and that was it. It's disappointing for the Corona Walker Racing team that we weren't able to finish today's race."
Marked his 15th Champ Car start and first start on the streets of Denver
Darren Manning, (R), #15 RAC Walker Racing Ford-Cosworth XFE-Reynard-Bridgestone
"I had massive understeer in the race. We had to put like four turns of front wing in during the race. We ran with front brake ducts that we hadn't used before, and they just did not work well for us. The mechanical balance of the RAC Walker Racing Champ Car was good, but I just couldn't keep with anybody. The more I turned the wheel, the more understeer I got.
"It is a positive that we were able to collect our eighth consecutive top-ten finish. While other teams are up and down, the RAC Walker Racing team is consistently near the top of the field. We just need to find that little bit more to get our first podium finish this season. There are still four races left for us to keep scoring points and get up into the top-ten for the championship."
Marked his 16th Champ Car start, Has finished in the top-ten at every street course event this season with the exception of the season-opener at St. Petersburg where a clutch problem put an early end to his season debut, Has earned eight consecutive top-ten finishes dating back to the G.I. Joe's 200 at Portland (22 June), Has 14 top-ten finishes to his credit in just 16 starts, Collected five championship points for Sunday's eighth place finish, Currently ranked tenth in the championship points standings with 81points, Ranked second in the Rookie of the Year standings