CHAMPCAR/CART: Cleveland: Conquest Racing race report

Wilson victim of first turn incident; Sperafico settles for 13th Mi-Jack Conquest Racing's otherwise fantastic weekend came to an abrupt end, as its driver, Justin Wilson (No. 34), got involved in an accident on the first lap at the Grand...

Wilson victim of first turn incident; Sperafico settles for 13th

Mi-Jack Conquest Racing's otherwise fantastic weekend came to an abrupt end, as its driver, Justin Wilson (No. 34), got involved in an accident on the first lap at the Grand Prix of Cleveland on Saturday, July 3rd. The British driver was a victim of the often-problematic starts at the Burke Lakefront Airport temporary racetrack, as he was hit by fifth-place starter Alex Tagliani as he entered the first turn. The accident meant the end of the race for Wilson, who had his career-best start (2nd) in this race. Despite the disappointment of having his race cut so short, the driver feels positive about the team's progress this weekend. "Evidently, this is not the way we wanted to finish the race, but we had a fast car all weekend long, and now I know we can compete with any of the teams in the Series", said Wilson. "I am now looking forward to the Toronto race next weekend, where I expect to again be very competitive."

As for MJCR's second driver, Alex Sperafico (No. 14), he continues to put together a series of consistent races, finishing his third race in a row, and equaling a career-best finish of 13th place. The Brazilian was able to run a mistake-free race, allowing him to score valuable championship points. "My goal this weekend was to improve on my past performances, and although the result is far from where we'd like to be, I am satisfied with the way I handled myself during the race", said Sperafico.

The team's co-owner, Eric Bachelart, also feels there are many positives to be taken from the weekend, despite Wilson's misfortune. "We continue to carry great momentum, with the No. 34 car getting better every weekend, and the crew and engineers doing a fantastic job with the set-up", said Bachelart. As for Sperafico, the owner would still like to see some improvement. "Alex has managed to put together better races as of late, but I think he can still be a bit more aggressive and get more speed out of the No. 14 car", he said. As for the quick turnaround, as the next race is scheduled for Toronto on July 11th, Bachelart believes it may be beneficial for his British driver. "Justin needs to put Cleveland behind him and must now concentrate on Toronto. He knows he can run with anyone at the front of the field, and we hope next weekend's race will help him put behind his bad luck here", concluded Bachelart.

Team Tidbits:

Justin Wilson retains his lead for the Rookie of the Year Award with 74 points. He leads American A.J. Allmendinger by one point.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Alex Tagliani , A.J. Allmendinger , Alex Sperafico
Teams Conquest Racing