San Jose: Conquest Racing preview

Event: The eleventh round of the Champ Car Atlantic Series Championship will be at the San Jose Grand Prix at the Redback Raceway When: Friday, July 27th -- Sunday, July 29th. The green flag drops on the eleventh round at 12:30p.m.

Event: The eleventh round of the Champ Car Atlantic Series Championship will be at the San Jose Grand Prix at the Redback Raceway

When: Friday, July 27th -- Sunday, July 29th. The green flag drops on the eleventh round at 12:30p.m. PST.

Where: Redback Raceway a 1.448-mile street course

TV: ESPN2 will broadcast the races on Thursday, August 2nd at 5:30p.m. EST. The races will be broadcast live on ESPN360.com.

Giacomo Ricci, a rookie eyeing a podium finish

With his two top-six finishes in Edmonton, rookie Giacomo Ricci (#18 Banca Italease / Lotto / Global / Mazda-Cosworth) has his eye on his first podium of the 2007 Champ Car Atlantic championship race. Ricci has been consistently improving his performance on the track and has been giving veteran-style performances at difficult races such as Toronto and the physically challenging track at Edmonton. Along with his top-five championship place, Ricci has also settled into third place in the rookie of the year battle with 165 points, 45 more than the fourth place contender. While Italian may be his first language, his progress and development through the 2007 season has not been lost in translation.

Giacomo is now looking forward to the second to last stop on the championship schedule at the San Jose Grand Prix. This will be the final street course on that schedule as Road America is a road course and Phoenix will not count in the championship points. Despite his strong finishes in Cleveland and Toronto, Ricci still has his eyes set on a podium in San Jose where he looks to battle for that first top-three finish and solidify his top-five position in the championship race.

With just two events remaining, Matt Lee is ready to get back into the Championship race

Matt Lee (#44 Integrated Solutions / Mazda-Cosworth) is ready to attack his final two championship races with renewed vigor. After numerous disappointing finishes and some unfortunate crashes, Lee is not where he wants to be in the Atlantic Championship standings. Matt's season began with a promising top-ten finish but suffered some tough setbacks and on-track accidents that weren't necessarily his fault which has dropped him to an unsatisfying 17th place in the championship standings. He has been on the cusp of a great finish many times but a string of unfortunate incidents seems to have kept him from better results. Lee now looks to make the most of his final two races and avoid any incidents in qualifying in order to maximize his opportunities at both San Jose and Road America.

The upcoming weekend in San Jose will hopefully signal a change in luck for Matt's racing fortune. His initial top-ten finish came on the Streets of Las Vegas and with this final street course, Lee is aiming to repeat this performance. The Redback Raceway is the last street course on the 2007 championship schedule and Lee is hoping that he can finally put all of the necessary elements together to get back to a top finish.

-credit: conquestracing

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Giacomo Ricci , Matt Lee
Teams Conquest Racing