CHAMPCAR/CART: Vancouver: Walker Racing preview

The Champ Car World Series continues the frantic summer schedule this weekend gearing up for three races-in-row starting with the second Canadian stop on the schedule, the Molson Indy Vancouver. Walker Racing rookies Darren Manning and Rodolfo ...

The Champ Car World Series continues the frantic summer schedule this weekend gearing up for three races-in-row starting with the second Canadian stop on the schedule, the Molson Indy Vancouver. Walker Racing rookies Darren Manning and Rodolfo Lavin look forward to their first circuits in a Champ Car on the streets of Vancouver after positive runs in Toronto where Manning collected his eighth top-ten finish of the season in his #15 RAC Walker Racing Champ Car and teammate Rodolfo Lavin enjoyed a solid top-ten run in his #5 Corona Competition Team machine before a broken rear wing mounting post dropped him in the final standings.

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

"I haven't been to Vancouver since my fifth place finish in 2001 while running Toyota Atlantics, but I'm very much looking forward to my first laps in the #5 Corona Champ Car on the streets of Vancouver. I know the circuit from my previous runs here, but the first session is still always quite a learning curve because the Champ Car has so much more speed, more torque and more power. I'm very pleased with the progress of the Corona Walker Racing crew this season; we learn something every time the car moves, so hopefully that will help us put together a strong finish here in Canada."

Fast Facts: Will mark his eleventh Champ Car start, Will mark his first Champ Car start at Vancouver, Has five previous starts at the circuit contesting races in Indy Lights (1996 -- 1998, 2000) and in Toyota Atlantics (2001) where he earned a fifth place finish

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

"Vancouver, like many of the tracks on the schedule, I haven't had a chance to even see. The on-track orientation will be especially valuable for me, but after the race car we had in Toronto I'm really looking forward to getting around in Vancouver. I posted the third fastest race lap in the RAC Walker Racing Champ Car at Toronto and I'm hoping that some of set-up information we learned there will help translate into a top-six qualifying effort in Vancouver."

Fast Facts: Will be his 12th Champ Car start and eleventh with Walker Racing, Has earned eight top-ten finishes in 2003, Has nine top-ten finishes to his credit in eleven starts, Ranked tenth overall in the drivers' championship picking up five additional points for the eighth place finish at Toronto for a season total of 50, Currently second in the Rookie of the Year standings

Broadcast: Qualifying airs live on SPEED Channel Saturday, 26 July at 4:30 p.m. Eastern. The race airs live on SPEED Channel Sunday, 27 July at 4:00 p.m. Eastern with a pre-race show starting at 3:30 p.m.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Darren Manning , Rodolfo Lavin