CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland: Walker Racing race report

Both Walker Racing rookies brought home points-paying finishes in Sunday's G.I. Joe's 200 at Portland International Raceway, Round 8 of the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. Briton Darren Manning finished sixth in...

Both Walker Racing rookies brought home points-paying finishes in Sunday's G.I. Joe's 200 at Portland International Raceway, Round 8 of the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. Briton Darren Manning finished sixth in his #15 RAC Walker Racing Champ Car, collecting his sixth top-ten finish of the season. Mexican Rodolfo Lavin collected two championship points for his eleventh place finish in the #5 Corona Competition Team entry.

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

"I'm happy that we were able to put together a points-paying finish, especially after the short day last Sunday (at Laguna Seca). The Corona car was sometimes a little bit difficult to drive, but my engineer did a great job and the Walker Racing Corona crew gave me good stops. It's a good finish for the Walker Racing crew, Corona and me."

Regarding the incident with Max Papis:  "I was just driving really
hard trying to get some points.  I was trying to avoid him after coming
to the inside and I went too low.  I hit the curb and I just hit Max.  It
wasn't intentional.  We were racing hard for a good finish."

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

"I got a good run on a couple of guys at the start. I thought I was going to get Tag and pop into fourth, I think it was at one stage, but it really bottlenecks up down there and I didn't want to push too hard and lose what position I had. I made a bit of mistake when Bruno got by, but he was probably faster than me over the whole lap anyway, so he was coming on strong. My car wasn't very good on the brakes going into the last turn towards the end of the race and that allowed Jimmy to get up along side me at the end there to make me work really hard for sixth. It was a good result and about where we deserved to be based on our speeds. It was a good day, another good sixth place finish."

Fast Facts: Marks his sixth top-ten finish with Walker Racing in 2003, Has seven top-ten finishes to his credit in nine starts, Tenth overall in the drivers' championship with 42 points collecting eight points for the sixth place finish, Moves back into second in the Rookie of the Year battle as the points race between himself and fellow rookies Sebastien Bourdais and Mario Haberfeld tightens up

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mario Haberfeld , Darren Manning , Max Papis , Sébastien Bourdais , Rodolfo Lavin