MI-JACK CONQUEST RACING ATLANTIC TEAM READY FOR EDMONTON Indianapolis, Indiana, July 20, 2006 -- With a five-consecutive podium streak on the line, the Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Atlantic Team heads to Edmonton, Alberta this weekend to take on the...
MI-JACK CONQUEST RACING ATLANTIC TEAM READY FOR EDMONTON
Indianapolis, Indiana, July 20, 2006 -- With a five-consecutive podium streak on the line, the Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Atlantic Team heads to Edmonton, Alberta this weekend to take on the challenge of the JAGflo Speedway 1.973-mile temporary road course at City Centre Airport. For a second consecutive race both Conquest drivers will be learning a new circuit, but that didn't stop them from putting in good performances throughout the weekend at the last race in Toronto.
After starting on pole and being knocked out of contention in Toronto two weeks ago on the first lap of the race, Graham Rahal plans to put that bad memory behind him and looks forward to the West Edmonton Mall Grand Prix Atlantic Race to get back in the thick of the Championship battle, where he sits third in the standings. With dominating performances in the two races at another airport track a month ago in Cleveland, the 17-year-old Rahal is looking for a repeat performance in Edmonton.
"We had a great car in Cleveland, we proved that we were the fastest and I am looking forward to going to Edmonton because I know it's much like Cleveland as far as it's an airport track, and how wide everything is," explained Rahal. "Airport circuits suit my driving style, you have to be smooth on those types of tracks and I pride myself on being extremely smooth and always good on tires and equipment. Hopefully this weekend we will make it to the end of the race."
Hot off his podium finish in Toronto, in his first street race, where he placed third after starting 14th, Ryan Lewis is anxious to get back to a road course. At the last airport type track in Cleveland, Ryan showed his speed throughout both races by registering the second fastest lap of each race but knows he has to better his qualifying performances if he wants to take advantage of his speed during the race.
"We're going away from the street circuits up until San Jose next week and back to another sort of fast circuit. We ran really strong in Cleveland and Edmonton has a lot of similarities to Cleveland. It's another airport track with very fast, long flowing corners. So I think we can run strong again and as long as I improve on my qualifying performance there is no reason why we can't be at the front. That's really where our weakness lies at the moment, where we qualify on the grid at the start of the weekend."