CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland: Walker Racing preview

The Walker Racing squad is looking forward to the G.I. Joe's 200 at Portland International Raceway, 22 June, as it's the first track on the Champ Car World Series schedule in which rookies Rodolfo Lavin and Darren Manning have had a chance to...

The Walker Racing squad is looking forward to the G.I. Joe's 200 at Portland International Raceway, 22 June, as it's the first track on the Champ Car World Series schedule in which rookies Rodolfo Lavin and Darren Manning have had a chance to circle the track prior to race weekend. The #5 Corona and #15 RAC Walker Racing crews completed a two-day test at Portland 15 and 16 June where the Walker Racing duo combined to complete 560 miles. Lavin posted a quick time of 59.3 seconds while teammate Manning ran a 59.4-second lap.

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

"I think we have a good car for Portland after our test in mid-April. We still have some fine-tuning to do on the set-up, but it's a big advantage for us to have had a chance to test on the circuit before the race weekend. Track has a lot of momentum so it's fun to drive in a Champ Car. After a disappointing weekend in Laguna, it will be good to post a strong finish in the Corona car."

Fast Facts: Will mark his eighth Champ Car start, Will mark his first Champ Car start at Portland, Has six previous starts at the circuit contesting races in Toyota Atlantic (2002) and Indy Lights (1996 -- 2000), Earned a new career-best start, eighth, and finish, ninth, in German 500

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

"Portland is the only circuit so far this year we've run on before going into the first practice, which is a big plus for us. We're going to hit the ground running because we have a basic starting set-up and gear ratios which we've never had before, even at Brands Hatch where I was able to offer a little input. That's a massive benefit. Most first days (at the track), we've really struggled and been outside the top-15 and have had to work late nights to improve the RAC Walker Racing car to get inside the top-ten. If we can start in the top-ten, then maybe we can move into the top-five overnight."

Fast Facts: Will be his ninth Champ Car start and eighth with Walker Racing, Earned a career-best finish of fourth at the Milwaukee race (31 May), Has six top-ten finishes to his credit in eight starts, Currently tenth in the drivers' championship with 34 points

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Darren Manning , Rodolfo Lavin