CHAMPCAR/CART: Mid-Ohio: Walker Racing Friday report

Rodolfo Lavin (R), ...

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

"The Corona car has the best handling that I've had all season. I think we have a competitive car. We're only about half a second out of tenth place and I believe that speed is in the car. I have a little oversteer at the entries and little push at the exit, but the car is behaving very well. I'm struggling to find a clean lap during the qualifying session to show that speed though. I had a quick lap going on my last lap, minus two tenths exiting Turn 2, when the red flag came out."

Fast Facts:

Will mark his 13th Champ Car start, Will mark his first Champ Car start at Mid-Ohio, Has one previous start at Mid-Ohio contesting Indy Lights in 2000

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

"I was hopeful that we'd be further up in the top-ten after going into qualifying P1 on overall practice times, but P10 is OK. The first run at it this afternoon, I had my hands full with understeer and I was down to 14th. I had popped up to tenth though after the changes we made between the two runs, but I only had one real clean lap on the second outing before the red (flag) came out. The Reynard does tend to struggle when it comes to hot temperatures. We have a good direction though and we're only a few tenths from being well inside the top-ten."

Fast Facts:

Will be his 14th Champ Car start and 13th with Walker Racing in 2003, Has collected five consecutive top-ten finishes dating back to the Portland event (22 June), Has eleven top-ten finishes total, Currently ranked eighth overall in the championship with 68 points, Stands second in the Rookie of the Year battle

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Darren Manning , Rodolfo Lavin