MI-JACK CONQUEST RACING CHAMP CAR CLEVELAND PREVIEW Indianapolis, Indiana, June 21, 2006 -- Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, Ohio plays host to round six of the Champ Car World Series 2006 season this weekend. Both Mi-Jack Conquest...
MI-JACK CONQUEST RACING CHAMP CAR CLEVELAND PREVIEW
Indianapolis, Indiana, June 21, 2006 -- Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, Ohio plays host to round six of the Champ Car World Series 2006 season this weekend. Both Mi-Jack Conquest Racing drivers, Andrew Ranger and Charles Zwolsman, have good memories of racing on the 2.106-mile temporary road course last year and wouldn't mind having some to bring back next year.
Andrew Ranger, who sits fourth in the Championship standings with 89 points, qualified a career best of fourth last year for the Grand Prix of Cleveland, finished eighth, and ran as high as third. This year, Ranger would like to put in another strong performance throughout the weekend. Since the beginning of the season, the Canadian has finished at least four positions higher than where he started, which has enabled him to receive the point for most improved driver in four of the last five races.
"We were quick in Cleveland last year, it's where I had my best qualifying result with a fourth place. It is a track that I like a lot, there is plenty of space and I have good memories from last year when I was fighting with Alex (Tagliani) in the lead group," said Ranger. "We have been improving since the beginning of the year and I have a good feeling that we will be competitive again in Cleveland."
2005 Atlantic Series Champion, Charles Zwolsman, also has fond memories of Cleveland. The Dutchman participated in a double-header last season in the Atlantic series. He started second and first, and claimed the top-step of the podium in both races. Zwolsman, who is currently fifth in the Rookie-of-the-Year standings with 46 points, admits that the width of the track takes some getting used to.
"I like the track very much. In the Atlantic series last year it took me some time to get up to speed because the track is so wide and you really need to take advantage of all the space you have around the track. In a Champ Car, it will be much faster so I expect that it will take some time again to get all the speed out of the track but I am really looking forward to it," said Zwolsman.
Practice for the 25th anniversary Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by US Bank gets underway Friday, June 23 at noon and will be followed at 4:30 p.m. by the first round of qualifying. Saturday the Champ Cars will be out for practice at 10:30 a.m. and will return to the track at 2:00 p.m. for the final round of qualifying. The race will be broadcast live on CBS June 25 at 2:30 p.m. (all times eastern).