CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach: Walker Racing preview

Rodolfo Lavin (R), ...

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

"I had several pretty good runs at Long Beach. I finished seventh in 2000 running in Indy Lights and also in 2001 running in Toyota Atlantics, so I'm very much looking forward to my first Champ Car event here. It's a beautiful track that's a lot of fun to drive with several tricky turns and hard breaking areas. Long Beach is one of the best events on the schedule because the atmosphere and the fans are so great. I always look forward to going there."

Fast Facts: Will be his third Champ Car start, First Champ Car start at the LBGP, Has seven consecutive previous starts at LBGP contesting races in Indy Lights (1996 - 2000) and Toyota Atlantics (2001 - 2002), Best finish at the LBGP is seventh running Indy Lights in 2000 and matched the effort in 2001 running Toyota Atlantic, Best Champ Car finish to date is 15th earned at the Monterrey Grand Prix (March 23)

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

"It looks like quite an interesting circuit - a lot of tight sections - similar to tracks like Macau and Monaco where I cut my teeth and earned some good finishes. It should be a good race for us with the momentum we having coming off a seventh place finish in Monterrey."

Fast Facts: Will be his fourth Champ Car start and third with Walker Racing, Will mark his debut run on the streets of Long Beach, Currently tenth in the drivers' championship and second in the Rookie of the Year battle, Earned career-best Champ Car finish of seventh at the Monterrey Grand Prix (March 23), Ran as high as sixth in the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg before a clutch problem sidelined him early finishing 13th

Walker Racing

Has 300 starts entering the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend, Nine drivers have combined to make 15 starts for Walker Racing at Long Beach since the team's first event in 1992, Driver Gil de Ferran scored the 1997 pole position driving for Walker Racing, Robby Gordon earned the team's best finish at Long Beach with a podium appearance (third) in 1994, Walker Racing driver Tora Takagi finished sixth in the 2002 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Darren Manning , Robby Gordon , Gil de Ferran , Tora Takagi , Rodolfo Lavin