HOMECOMING RACE FOR SAMAX MOTORSPORT DRIVER PATRICK CARPENTIER Montreal, August 1, 2007 - SAMAX Motorsport driver Patrick Carpentier will be competing this weekend on his Montreal home turf at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve with teammate Kris...
HOMECOMING RACE FOR SAMAX MOTORSPORT DRIVER PATRICK CARPENTIER
Montreal, August 1, 2007 - SAMAX Motorsport driver Patrick Carpentier will be competing this weekend on his Montreal home turf at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve with teammate Kris Szekeres in Round 11 of 14 of the 2007 Grand-Am Rolex Series schedule. The Montreal-born driver, who now resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, was thrilled about competing once again on the track that bears the name of his childhood hero, and he is looking forward to a busy weekend of competition in front of his Quebec supporters.
"This will be a pressure cooker weekend for me running in two series in two days in front of the home crowd," Carpentier said about his rides in the Rolex Series and the NASCAR Busch Series. "Obviously, I want to do well in both races and winning would be very pleasing. The two races in two days gives me a lot of track time, but I am also here for the fun of racing. If something positive comes out of it, it will be great."
SAMAX Motorsport is welcoming the return of Technical Director Steve Challis to the Rolex Team for the Montreal race. Challis brings a lot of experience and knowledge to the South Florida-based team. The Vancouver-born Challis is a seasoned veteran who was Chief Race Engineer for 10 years with the Champ Car entries of Player's-Forsythe, Barry Green's and PKV Racing prior to joining SAMAX Motorsport in 2006.
Hartland, Michigan driver Kris Szekeres will share driving duties in the number 11 SAMAX Pontiac Riley for the fifth consecutive race at the 2.71-mile (4.36-Km) scenic road course located on Ile Notre Dame, across the Montreal Harbor.
"I have been watching in-car camera footage of the track on YouTube, and it is quite amazing," said Szekeres about the Gilles Villeneuve track. "You can't really get the feel of it on YouTube because you are not driving the car but at least you get to know the configuration of it. Most racecar drivers, and I have done so in the past, use PlayStation to learn a track, but this time I was not able to do so. The track seems very challenging. It is flat but has no blind corners. It is also quite narrow and not forgiving.
"I am relying on Patrick (Carpentier) to learn a few tricks. I have heard that it is hard on brakes but I also noticed that the long straights could cool them down. We never had any braking problems with the Daytona Prototypes. At Daytona, we even covered the openings to have a better aerodynamic balance. I guess, we will have to wait and see. I'm happy to hear that engineer Steve Challis will be back with us in Montreal. I hope that some of the gremlins that have been hampering our efforts these past few races will have been dealt with. I am really looking forward to this race and I know that Pat is exited about it too."
With four top five finishes, including a runner-up podium result at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, South Florida-based SAMAX Motorsport is currently ninth overall in the Team Standings with 205 points after ten races.
The one-day official schedule for the Daytona Prototypes and GT Sports Cars begins on Friday, August 3rd, with practice and qualifiying in the morning followed by a 92-lap (400 k or 2 _-hour time limit) race starting at 4:15 p.m., Eastern Time.