Walker Racing rookies Rodolfo Lavin and Darren Manning look to continue their oval success in this weekend's Milwaukee Mile Centennial 250 as both drivers achieved new career best starts and finishes in the German 500, the first oval race of the...
Walker Racing rookies Rodolfo Lavin and Darren Manning look to continue their oval success in this weekend's Milwaukee Mile Centennial 250 as both drivers achieved new career best starts and finishes in the German 500, the first oval race of the season, just a few weeks ago. The first night race in Champ Car history will also mark the first night race for the rookie talents. The duo will look to the veteran Walker Racing team that has experience in night races in addition to the team's lengthy history on the Wisconsin short oval.
Rodolfo Lavin (R), #5 Corona Competition Team Ford-Cosworth XFE-Reynard-Bridgestone
"The Walker Racing Corona team has some momentum coming into this race. We're coming off the best weekend of our season on the German oval and I finished second in Milwaukee last year in Toyota Atlantic. All those things give me confidence for the weekend. I'm also excited for the first night race of my career. I think it's going to be a great experience for everyone -- the drivers, the team and especially the fans."
Fast Facts: Will mark his sixth Champ Car start and second Champ Car oval start, While the 31 May will mark his first Champ Car start at Milwaukee, Lavin has seven previous starts at the Milwaukee Mile contesting races in Toyota Atlantic (2001 -- 2002) and Indy Lights (1996 -- 2000), Finished second at the 2002 Toyota Atlantic Milwaukee event and earned a fourth place starting position in 2001, also in Toyota Atlantics, Earned a new career-best start, eighth, and finish, ninth, in German 500 earning his first championship points of the 2003 season
Darren Manning, (R), #15 Ford-Cosworth XFE-Reynard-Bridgestone
"I think it's great that we're celebrating Milwaukee's 100th Anniversary with the series' first night race. It's going to be a great experience to see the Champ Cars run under the lights. The #15 Walker Racing team has steadily been improving over the last several races with qualifying and with finishes. I made my first top-five start in Germany and finished eighth, our fourth top-ten this season. If we keep this up, we're bound to make it on the podium soon."
Fast Facts: Will be his seventh Champ Car start and sixth with Walker Racing, Milwaukee will mark his third oval Champ Car race, Has scored top-ten finishes (ninth at 2002 Rockingham race and sixth in Germany) in his two previous oval starts, Sixth place finish in the German 500, a new career-best, marks his fourth consecutive top-ten finish and fifth top-ten finish in six starts, His fifth place qualifying effort for the German 500 marks the fourth time in five races that the British hot shoe has improved his previous best qualifying effort, Currently 12th in the drivers' championship and second in the Rookie of the Year battle
Walker Racing: Nine drivers have combined to make 16 starts for Walker Racing at Milwaukee since 1992. Gil de Ferran scored a podium finish for the team (third) in 1999. The team has 306 starts coming into the Milwaukee Mile Centennial 250. Walker Racing has four Champ Car victories, 26 podium finishes and ten pole positions.