Montreal: Conquest Racing preview

MI-JACK CONQUEST RACING ATLANTIC TEAM HEADS TO MONTREAL IN THE HEAT OF THE BATTLE Indianapolis, Indiana, August 23, 2006 -- With only two races to go in the Champ Car Atlantic Championship the Mi-Jack Conquest Racing (MJCR) Atlantic Team is...

MI-JACK CONQUEST RACING ATLANTIC TEAM HEADS TO MONTREAL IN THE HEAT OF THE BATTLE

Indianapolis, Indiana, August 23, 2006 -- With only two races to go in the Champ Car Atlantic Championship the Mi-Jack Conquest Racing (MJCR) Atlantic Team is ready to take on the 2.709-mile road course of Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec. After testing at Putnam Park earlier in the week, in preparation for this weekend's race, the MJCR Atlantic Team will not only be trying to cut into the championship lead with Graham Rahal, the first year Atlantic squad will also be trying to extend their eight consecutive podium streak with the help of both drivers.

Rahal is not a stranger to the Montreal race track. The 17-year-old participated in two races on the Ile Notre-Dame road course in 2004 when he was driving in the Formula BMW Series and will try to take advantage of his extra knowledge of the track to stay in front of his Championship rival, Simon Pagenaud, throughout the weekend. With his fourth victory of the season in Denver two weeks ago, the young Rahal cut Pagenaud's lead to only 16 points.

"I'm excited to be going to Montreal. I raced there before and I really like the track. Once again it will be very important to pick up all the extra points I can and to finish ahead of Simon (Pagenaud) this weekend if I want to keep the Championship battle alive going to Road America," said Rahal. "I know I'm repeating myself but the team has done such great job all year that it can only give me confidence heading into the weekend."

Ryan Lewis has been a big factor in the Conquest Team's success this year, obtaining three of the team's eight podiums. The Brit will be looking to add to that total this weekend as he leaves the street circuit racing behind and focuses on a more familiar type of race track.

"Finally, we are going back to a road course! Not that I have not had success on the street courses we went to, but I'm happy to be heading back to a type of track that I'm a little more comfortable with," confessed Lewis. "I look forward to going to Montreal, it's a great city and I think it's a track that will suit my driving style. There are not too many races left and I would really like to be able to end the season with a couple of strong performances, the team really deserves it."

-credit: mi-jack conquest racing

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