After several weeks contesting races on ovals and permanent road courses, the Walker Racing Champ Cars of Rodolfo Lavin and Darren Manning return to action on the streets for the ever-popular Molson Indy Toronto. It also marks the mid-point of...
After several weeks contesting races on ovals and permanent road courses, the Walker Racing Champ Cars of Rodolfo Lavin and Darren Manning return to action on the streets for the ever-popular Molson Indy Toronto. It also marks the mid-point of the season - Round 10 of 19 in the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. Both rookies look to continue the progress they've made in the first half of their debut seasons. Lavin is consistently showing improvement in his #5 Corona Competition Team machine posting a season-high finish of ninth at the German 500. Manning has successfully posted a string of top-ten finishes in his #5 RAC Walker Racing Champ Car and eagerly looks to better his current best finish of fourth earned under the lights at the legendary Milwaukee Mile.
Rodolfo Lavin (R), #5 Corona Competition Team Ford-Cosworth XFE-Reynard-Bridgestone
"The Canadian events are largely regarded as some of the best events on the schedule and I'm thrilled to be returning to Toronto this year to compete in the premier event of the weekend. I've had some good races in the past and I'm sure with Walker Racing's experience my first Champ Car run here will be a strong one."
Will mark his tenth Champ Car start, Will mark his first Champ Car start at Portland, Has six previous starts at the circuit contesting races in Indy Lights (1996 - 1999) and in Toyota Atlantics (2001 - 2002) where he earned consecutive eighth place finishes
Darren Manning, (R), #15 RAC Walker Racing Ford-Cosworth XFE-Reynard-Bridgestone
"I've never had a chance to race in Canada before so I'm very much looking forward to the Molson Indy Toronto. The Canadian motorsports fans are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic and the promoter is known for doing a great job of turning the race weekend into a city-wide celebration. I think it will be an exciting weekend on and off the track."
Will be his eleventh Champ Car start and tenth with Walker Racing, Has earned seven top-ten finishes in 2003, Has eight top-ten finishes to his credit in ten starts, Ranked tenth overall in the drivers' championship after picking up three additional points for the tenth place finish for a season total of 45, Currently second in the Rookie of the Year standings
Fastest in the Pits:
Manning's #15 RAC Walker Racing pit crew gave the British hot shoe the fastest stops of the race at the U.S. Bank Presents Cleveland Grand Prix event, marking the third time this season the crew has earned the top honor. The crew matched the feat earlier in the season at Monterrey, Mexico and Milwaukee, Wisconsin where Manning earned a career-high fourth place finish. Manning will look to his over-the-wall crew of Brendon Cleave (outside front), Jimmie Johnson (inside front), Keith Beck (outside rear), Craig Ramsey (inside rear), Dan Hare (fueler) and Geoff Carter (vent) to aid his on-track progression again this weekend with typically quick stops in the Molson Indy Toronto.