Walker Racing Atlantics Completes Qualifying for Race No.1 in Edmonton

25.07.2008: Walker Racing Atlantics Completes Qualifying for Race No.1 in Edmonton

Walker Racing proved they were ready to put Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada behind them and go racing this weekend in Edmonton. All three drivers, Canadian Kevin Lacroix, Greg and Leo Mansell, sons of former Formula One World Champion and IndyCar Champion, Nigel Mansell, were itching to get strapped in the car and put the pedal to the metal this weekend for the Rexall Edmonton Indy.

Edmonton marks the first time for Walker Racing pilots, Greg and Leo Mansell, and the second for Lacroix. Greg and Leo Mansell are less than halfway through their rookie season in Atlantics. As for Lacroix, this will be his twelfth start.

Today was a learning day for Greg and Leo Mansell. This morningís practice was a matter of learning the track and gaining experience, and thatís exactly what they did.

Greg Mansell (No. 5 Sunseeker) came to grips with the track, and had a solid day. The 20 year old clocked the 12th fastest time of 1:07.047 seconds. Miles and laps are what Leo Mansell (No.15 Sunseeker) was trying to accomplish, and did. The 23 year old posted the 18th fastest time of 1:08.051 seconds.

Lacroix (No.25 Uni-Select/ Deans Knight Capital Management Ltd./Wasteco), started off strong at the start of the day, despite crashing in the practice session, but unfortunately, it was a different story for qualifying. The 19 year old recorded a time of 1:06.889 seconds, placing him 11th on the grid for tomorrowís race.

Walker Racing will be back out on track for Atlantic Championship qualifying (race #2), which gets underway at 11:45 a.m. local time. For more information on the team please visit www.walkerracing.com.

What they had to sayÖ.

Greg Mansell (No. 5 Sunseeker): "It was a good day, very positive. The team did a great job and the cars have been fantastic all weekend so far. Iím really happy with all the progress we are making. We are really knocking on the door now. We got to the stage where our baseline times versus where we are, didnít showcase our best, because we didnít put a good lap together. To me, I find it very tricky spotting the apexes and finding the grip. Itís so wide and there is a very small line where there is a lot of grip and itís very easy to go off, but we are getting there. Iím really excited about the rest of the weekend."

Leo Mansell (No. 15 Sunseeker): "Definitely a lot left to learn. Itís a very unique track and very physically demanding for both car, and driver. I think during the race there will be a lot of overtaking as well. In qualifying, I think we wanted to go a bit faster, but we learned a lot and hopefully we will do a lot better tomorrow."

Kevin Lacroix (No.25 Uni-Select/Deans Knight Capital Management Ltd./Wasteco): "Our session started really well, but when I put on the new tires it was hard to get a good lap in. Today was not my best day and itís a shame that itís our starting spot for tomorrow. I know that I can be faster than that, but tomorrow will be better. I want to thank Walker Racing. The Uni-Select/Deans Knight Capital Management/Wasteco car was great and I think we made good progress during qualifying."

Derrick Walker, Walker Racing Owner: "Looking at the times we seem to have a reasonable car on new tires, but when then they wore off a little bit, we didnít quite have the balance on the car. We have some work to do, but I donít think itís as far away as it looks, itís a pretty competitive field. We will make some adjustments overnight and we will be right there."

- Elizabeth Cannon -

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25.07.2008 / MaP

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