Rodolfo Lavin (R), ...
Rodolfo Lavin (R), #5 Corona Competition Team Ford-Cosworth XFE-Reynard- Bridgestone
"We made improvements on the Corona car under braking overnight, which was my biggest problem yesterday. This afternoon I got as much speed out of the car as I could. It's not the qualifying position that we'd hoped for, but tomorrow is a long race and with a consistent pace I hope to still have a strong race in Mexico City and collect some more points as the season nears the end. It's been a fantastic experience racing here, it's great how supportive the Mexican people are of this event."
Fast Facts: Will mark his 17th Champ Car start and first start at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Earned Champ Car career-best start of eighth at Germany (11 May) and career-best finish of eighth at Vancouver (27 July) Darren Manning, (R), #15 RAC Walker Racing Ford-Cosworth XFE-Reynard- Bridgestone
"I made the mistake of making too many changes on the car between the two runs, but I felt I had to follow my instincts. Unfortunately it didn't help the way I wanted to. I do believe the RAC Walker Racing Champ Car was capable of making a run for a pole this weekend; we still have the fastest lap of the weekend unfortunately I posted it in practice. It's still a great effort for the team, our second best qualifying run of the season. I think starting from the third row should open up some opportunities for me to make a move or two at the start of the race and I'm sure my guys will give me great stops as usual. We still have tomorrow to finish this weekend off as strong as we started it."
Fast Facts: Will mark his 18th Champ Car start, Has scored championship points in 14 of 16 events this season including earning points in the last nine consecutive races, Made Champ Car history in Denver (31 August) by becoming the first rookie driver to string together eight consecutive top- ten finishes, Has 13 top-ten finishes to his credit in just 16 starts in 2003, Currently ranked tenth in the championship points standings with 83 points, Ranked second in the Rookie of the Year standings