CHAMPCAR/CART: Road America: Walker Racing Friday report

Rodolfo Lavin (R), ...

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

"The track is awesome. I'm really enjoying driving the Corona Champ Car on this circuit with quick, high-speed turns, low-speed turns, and long straights with really high speed at the end. The last two laps in qualifying I had a shifting problem; third gear was jumping out. I was sacrificing a little bit under breaking to make sure third gear worked, but the Corona car is working really well overall. The car was pushing quite a bit in the first outing, but we made some changes and it was like driving a different car for the second run. I went more than a second quicker, so there was obviously a lot of improvement there. We're definitely moving in the right direction for final qualifying."

Fast Facts: Will mark his 12th Champ Car start, Will mark his first Champ Car start at Road America, Made two Toyota Atlantic (2001 -- 2002) starts in Elkhart Lake collecting an eighth place finish in 2001, Earned a new Champ Car career-best finish of eighth at Vancouver after advancing through the field from an 18th place start

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

"Road America is a fantastic track, just as everyone said, and it's even better now that we have the RAC Walker Racing car handling better. We worked really hard to improve the car from this morning. The track is nice and long like a lot of the Grand Prix tracks in Europe. It's nice to get your teeth into a few good corners and build a real rhythm for these long straights where you've got time to think about it. It suits my driving style and we've got the car working really well, so it's good."

Fast Facts: Will be his 13th Champ Car start and 12th with Walker Racing, Has earned nine top-ten finishes in 2003, Has ten top-ten finishes to his credit in 12 starts, Ranked ninth overall in the drivers' championship with a season total of 60, Currently second in the Rookie of the Year standings

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Darren Manning , Rodolfo Lavin