HALFWAY POINT Indianapolis, IN -- With nearly half the 2007 Champ Car World Series season completed, Minardi Team USA heads into round eight -- the Rexall Grand Prix of Edmonton -- with driver Robert Doornbos in the lead of the Championship.
Indianapolis, IN -- With nearly half the 2007 Champ Car World Series season completed, Minardi Team USA heads into round eight -- the Rexall Grand Prix of Edmonton -- with driver Robert Doornbos in the lead of the Championship. Doornbos and sophomore team mate, 'Speedy' Dan Clarke, had what might best be described as "a challenging weekend" in Toronto, but are looking to shine in the third leg of the Canadian Triple Crown.
Robert Doornbos captured his first Champ Car victory just over two weeks ago, in Mont-Tremblant, and claimed the Championship lead following a treacherous race in the rain last weekend on the streets of Toronto. The "Fliegande Hollander" (Flying Dutchman) will be in top form once again for this challenging, 1.93-mile airport circuit, and is ready to defend the Championship lead.
Robert Doornbos #14
"I've heard a lot of good things about Edmonton from other drivers, who say it's a very fast and physically demanding circuit, so this sounds good to me! I'm very much looking forward to racing again, as we are now in the lead of the Championship, and this is a big motivation for everybody on the team. We need to keep working hard to make sure we have a strong and competitive weekend in Edmonton, and for the rest of the season as well."
So far, 'Speedy' Dan's race results have not been indicative of the young Briton's undoubted capabilities, and at the mid-point of the season, he continues to push hard in a bid to turn things around. Ever the optimist, Speedy feels that both he and the team are improving with every race, and he will be looking to have a break-out performance at Edmonton. Last year, Speedy started seventeenth on the grid, but registered a feisty performance to fight his way up to ninth, despite contact with another car and a drive-through penalty. In doing so, he became the competitor to make the biggest improvement in track position during the race.
'Speedy' Dan Clarke #4
"We've come so close to having some great results in the past few races that confidence is high in the team that we can do well. Now I've had over a week back in Indianapolis to train hard and address any issues, I feel relaxed, prepared and ready to hit the ground running in Edmonton."
Keith Wiggins, Team Co-owner
"As we head into the second half of the season it is important that we keep focused and working hard on performance and consistency. Edmonton and San Jose will be important races psychologically, and ones I think we can do well at with both cars."
Paul Stoddart, Team Co-owner
"We always knew this five-race stretch, starting in Cleveland and concluding in San Jose, would form the core of the 2007 Champ Car season, and that it would be essential to be as quick and consistent as possible. Robert has done just that, and now leads the Championship standings, albeit by a small margin. As both Robert and the team well know, however, it is still all to play for, and they will therefore concentrate on producing the best possible performance at each of the coming events. Since Portland, Dan has been very much up to speed, but so far, circumstances haven't allowed him to achieve the sort of results of which he is more than capable. I'm sure that is set to change soon, however, and everyone on the team will be doing their utmost to help him make the breakthrough at Edmonton."