POSTITIVE MOMENTUM CARRIES ROCKETSPORTS RACING TO THE MILE HIGH CITY EAST LANSING, Michigan (August 8, 2006) -- After a good race weekend on the streets of San Jose during Round Nine of the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered...
POSTITIVE MOMENTUM CARRIES ROCKETSPORTS RACING TO THE MILE HIGH CITY
EAST LANSING, Michigan (August 8, 2006) -- After a good race weekend on the streets of San Jose during Round Nine of the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford, Rocketsports Racing and driver Nicky Pastorelli have found a car that is good on the streets and prepare for another positive run on the streets of downtown Denver, Colorado this weekend, August 11-13.
This year will mark the fourth time that Rocketsports Racing will participate in the Denver Grand Prix. The team's first run in 2003 resulted in a top-ten finish with Alex Tagliani when he finished ninth after starting 11th.
Rocketsports Racing had a good run in Denver last year with Timo Glock and Ryan Hunter-Reay. The 2005 Rookie-of-the-Year, Glock, qualified tenth, marking the team's best qualifying effort in Denver, and came close to finishing on the podium, but a mechanical issue would end his day with nine laps to go as he finished 13th. Hunter-Reay qualified 17th and was awarded as the "Most Improved" driver/car of the race when he earned a sixth place finish.
Pastorelli has only participated on two street-course venue in a Champ Car prior to this weekend, but truly enjoyed his experience during his debut on the streets of Houston and matching his best finish of 10th in San Jose. This weekend will mark only the fourth time that the Italo-Dutch driver will compete on a street-course layout, as the Former Jordan F1 test driver's first street race was back in 2003 at Cagliari, in Sardinia, Italy.
"This is another new track for me, so I will see how it goes," said Pastorelli. "The one thing that is different about this venue is the high altitude. That will put less downforce on the #8 Rocketsports car, which will make it more interesting to race this weekend. I am heading out a day early so that my body can get accumulated to the difference in elevation, so I will be working out and running to help that situation and get prepared for driving the car on Friday. I look forward to trying out the venue, as it appears to be a great track. I enjoy driving on street-course style racecourses because it is still something new to me and I really enjoy the challenge. We had a good car and a good result in San Jose; I hope that we can build on that momentum to have an even better weekend in Denver."
Competing in his first oval race, Nicky Pastorelli was able to hold his own to earn his best finish of tenth place at the famed Milwaukee Mile. During Round Nine in San Jose, the 23-year-old driver's talent was showcased as he was challenging for positions and finished for the first time on the lead lap and in the top ten, matching his best finish in Milwaukee.