CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Walker Racing Friday report

Rodolfo Lavin (R), ...

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

Provisional Qualifying: 17th 83.337 (117.024 mph)

"The Corona car is much better this afternoon than it was in practice this morning. We found a lot of time in the front of the car. I believe my time is up a couple seconds from this morning, and the track is coming in as well. The Corona car is improving and I'm also looking at what I can do in my driving to make the car go quicker. I'm still battling quite a bit of understeer which we'll work on tonight so that hopefully we can do a better job in qualifying tomorrow."

Fast Facts: Will mark his 14th Champ Car start, Will mark his first Champ Car start at Montreal, Has two previous starts at Montreal contesting Toyota Atlantics (2001 & 2002)

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

Provisional Qualifying: 6th 81.833 (119.174 mph)

"The RAC Walker Racing car has been very good all day. We learned a lot in Mid-Ohio, basically what not to do, but it helped us pick a set-up for Montreal that is working well for us. I think we're in pretty good shape. We're not that far off (the pace) from the guys in front of us. It's a modern-day course so it's quite smooth which is good for us as we can run the car quite low here. We have a few minor improvements to make, but we haven't got much to do to find some places on the grid."

Fast Facts: Will mark his 15th Champ Car start, Has finished in the top-ten at every road course event this season with the exception of Laguna Seca where an engine failure ended his day on Lap 12, Has earned six consecutive top-ten finishes, Has 12 top-ten finishes to his credit in just 14 starts, Currently ranked ninth in the championship points standings with 73 points (tied with Alex Tagliani), Ranked second in the Rookie of the Year standings


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Darren Manning , Alex Tagliani , Rodolfo Lavin