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Tough day for Gelles boys Houston, May 13, 2006. - Robbie Pecorari and Stephen Simpson had a tough day on the street race track around Reliant Center in Houston as race incidents mared their race in the second round of the Atlantic Champ ...

Tough day for Gelles boys

Houston, May 13, 2006. - Robbie Pecorari and Stephen Simpson had a tough day on the street race track around Reliant Center in Houston as race incidents mared their race in the second round of the Atlantic Champ Car series. Staring from 6th row, Simpson's day was cut short in the first corner when the funneling effect saw a car push him over the wheel of the car in front of him. He became a passenger until his Wester Union machine hit the wall and ended his day. A few laps later, Robbie Pecorari came charging hard in the same corner, braked deep in the corner and was side by side with another car when it suddenly turned early in the corner and cars made contact. Pecorari had to pit for a flat tire and nose cone repair. He resumed racing and finished in 18th place.

"I'm very disapointed, declared South African Simpson. I saw the cars stopping and I felt a wave coming to me: I tried to go left where I had some room and I was hit from behind by another car and my front right tire rolled over the left rear of the car in front of me. I could save the Western Union 14 car and I hit the wall to end my day. It's too bad because I wanted to be patient and open up after a full lap. The car was much better in the morning warm-up and I felt we could have done very well."

"I feel I had made myself pretty visible coming into the corner, claimed Pecorari.

I knew space was limited and I stayed very close to the wall. But the other car turned sharply into my car and spun in front of me. With the contact, I had to pit on account of a flat tire and wing repairs. But I came back dead last and wound up 18th overall. I have to admit my car was very good in the first laps and kept improving after I had my tire changed. Me and Stephen will have to forget this one and concentrate on the next round next week in Monterrey."

Steadily improving

Form practice to qualifying sessions, both Simpson and Pecorari impreved their times and their positions on Thursday and Friday. "We worked hard with our engineers Dave Conti and Alan Langridge, both said. Our W-U cars got better evry time we took to the track." "But I had to sit on session, added Simpson, when my gearbox was locked. Otherwise my car ran very well."

Next round South of the Border

Gelles Racing enters six cars in the Formula BMW USA Championship and two in the new Atlantic Champ Car Championship. Western Union, BMW of Sterling, Diamon Fusion and Road Block, USA TODAY, Hebert & LeBleu sponsor the team For more information, Bob Gelles may be contacted at (703) 926-2474 or by email bob@gellesracing.com.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Robbie Pecorari , Stephen Simpson