CHAMPCAR/CART: Miami: Walker Racing Saturday report

Rodolfo Lavin (R), ...

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

"The Corona car was definitely improved for this afternoon's qualifying session. Yesterday we went into a dry qualifying session after it had rained all morning, but today we had a very productive morning in similar weather conditions. I had a much better sense of the track this afternoon about how hard I could push the car, where the braking zones were and how much that bump (in the last corner) would upset the rear of the car. It's going to be a challenging race tomorrow starting from 16th, but we've seen a lot of contact over the weekend. With a clean race and quick stops from my Corona crew, hopefully we can get into a points-paying position."

Fast Facts: Will mark his 16th Champ Car start and first start on the streets of Miami

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

Manning lost third gear just 13 minutes into the morning practice session. The RAC Walker Racing crew with sponsorship did a fantastic job of making the necessary repairs and returning Manning to action. Unfortunately the red flag waved just as the #15 car was moved onto pit lane. With 15 minutes remaining in the session, Manning was able to get in a couple of practice runs before the checkered flag flew.

"From my point of view that was really the first and only time that I've driven it flat out. The car was pretty good in the wet yesterday as evidenced by our second fastest speed. Every time in the dry though, we've had problem. I clipped the wall in qualifying yesterday and only got two laps. This morning we had a problem with the gearbox. It's quite a fun little track to drive and if they can keep working on the bump in the last corner, it'd be perfect. I'm very excited about the possibility of rain tomorrow especially since we didn't qualify to our best potential. There was a lot more speed to come. Plus, being English, I'd really be pleased to have a wet race."

Fast Facts: Will mark his 17th Champ Car start, Made Champ Car history in Denver becoming the first rookie driver to string together eight consecutive top-ten finishes, 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 14 top-ten finishes to his credit in just 16 starts, Currently ranked tenth in the championship points standing, Ranked second in the Rookie of the Year standings

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Darren Manning , Rodolfo Lavin