CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: Conquest Racing preview

Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Denver bound Indianapolis, IN (9 August 2005) Mi-Jack Conquest Racing drivers Nelson Philippe and Andrew Ranger are both hungry to score points this weekend as the team takes to the streets once again for the Centrix ...

Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Denver bound

Indianapolis, IN (9 August 2005) Mi-Jack Conquest Racing drivers Nelson Philippe and Andrew Ranger are both hungry to score points this weekend as the team takes to the streets once again for the Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver for round nine of the 2005 Champ Car World Series.

The team's last race, an impressive debut event held on the streets of San Jose, saw Philippe running at the sharp end of the field throughout the weekend as he scored his best-ever qualifying position with sixth on the grid. The race didn't go as the team had been hoping, though, as the bumpy race track knocked an oil fitting loose after Philippe had moved into the top five and ended his day early.

"Nelson had a really strong weekend at San Jose, and is working really well with the team right now, so hopefully he can keep up this momentum and get a good finish here in Denver," said team co-owner Eric Bachelart.

The Denver race marks one year since Philippe joined the Mi-Jack Conquest Racing team, and the young Frenchmen feels as though he has never felt better working with the Indianapolis-based team.

"Denver is one of my favorite places to race because the layout is very technical and the event itself is really fun," said Philippe. "I have great memories from there as it was my first race with Mi-Jack Conquest last year and we came away with a lot of speed even though we were racing with a Reynard chassis. This year we have a strong street race car and we keep having great weekend after great weekend and we are definitely on a high. The team and I really look forward to keeping the momentum up and getting that result we've all wanted. In San Jose we learned that we had what it took to be up there so our goal is to be in the top 5 again this weekend."

The San Jose event was a race Ranger is looking to forget, as contact ended his day early and kept him from gaining points in the Rookie of the Year standings.

"We really want Andrew to focus on getting some points this weekend, because he has made a couple mistakes in some of the recent races that have really hurt him in the points," said Bachelart. "He has shown that he is very fast, and can bring the car home up front, but he just has to stay out of trouble and be there at the finish."

For Ranger, he is looking to the Denver event as a place to regain the form that saw him take to the podium earlier this season, and the young Canadian is eager to resume some momentum before racing in his hometown in two weeks time.

"With six races left to the season, it's really time for us to make a move and close the gap in the rookie race and climb our way back into the top 10 in the championship standings," said Ranger. "After all the adversity we've faced recently, our main goal this weekend is to make it to the finish line and pick up as many points as possible. Hopefully, we can improve our performance in qualifying and avoid having to fight our way through the field during the race, something that is always tricky on a street course. The other motivation for wanting to post a strong result is the fact the next race is in Montreal and I'd very much like to come home on a high note."

-mjcr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Andrew Ranger
Teams Conquest Racing