Portland: Conquest Racing preview

MI-JACK CONQUEST RACING ATLANTIC TEAM READY TO TAKE ON PIR AFTER SUCCESSFUL OPEN TEST Portland, Oregon, June 15, 2006 -- With their first win still fresh on their mind, MJCR and their two drivers, Graham Rahal and newcomer, former British F3...

MI-JACK CONQUEST RACING ATLANTIC TEAM READY TO TAKE ON PIR AFTER SUCCESSFUL OPEN TEST

Portland, Oregon, June 15, 2006 -- With their first win still fresh on their mind, MJCR and their two drivers, Graham Rahal and newcomer, former British F3 driver, Ryan Lewis, participated in an Atlantic Open Test yesterday on the 1.964-mile road course at Portland International Raceway (PIR) in preparation for this weekend's race, the Trinity Carpet 100k at the Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland.

Coming into Portland with high expectations, Graham Rahal found out during the Open Test yesterday that there was still some work to do after setting the fourth fastest combined time of the morning and afternoon sessions.

"Everything went pretty well in testing, but we are not quite there yet. It's an exciting track with pretty high speed but if the car isn't right, it makes it a little harder. Right now we're just working to get it right, so it can be good by the time the race comes," said Rahal. "I think we have a good shot, especially after Monterrey and coming out here this morning and being consistently quick."

Rahal's new teammate at Mi-Jack Conquest Racing, Ryan Lewis, will be making his Champ Car Atlantic debut this weekend as well as a return to the cockpit. Although he has been absent from the race tracks for the last six months, it didn't show yesterday as he registered the eighth quickest time of the 26-car field.

"Overall I am pretty happy with the car and pretty happy with the fact that we can show pace early on. But I think at the moment the only thing I am really struggling with is just not being used to being in the car. I think the race on Sunday is going to be really hard work, but I am looking forward to it," admitted the 22 year-old British race car driver. "The track's brilliant. It's the sort of pace that suits me. It's very different coming from a formula 3 car. It's a different way of driving, but it's great, the car has so much grip at high speed. It's good fun!"

The Atlantic drivers will be back on track Friday at 12:15 p.m. ET for the first practice session and then again at 4:15 p.m. ET for first round qualifying. Saturday, final qualifying will take place at 4:00 p.m. ET and will be followed by final practice at 8:30 p.m. ET. The Trinity Carpet 100k gets underway Sunday, June 18 at 1:00 p.m. and will be broadcast on tape-delay on Speed TV June 24 at 4:00 p.m. ET.

-mjcr-

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Graham Rahal , Ryan Lewis
Teams Conquest Racing