CHAMPCAR/CART: Houston: Conquest Racing preview

MI-JACK CONQUEST RACING READY TO HIT THE STREETS OF HOUSTON Indianapolis, Indiana, May 3, 2006 -- The Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Team (MJCR) will be heading to Texas next week to dispute the second round of the Champ Car World Series on the ...

MI-JACK CONQUEST RACING READY TO HIT THE STREETS OF HOUSTON

Indianapolis, Indiana, May 3, 2006 -- The Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Team (MJCR) will be heading to Texas next week to dispute the second round of the Champ Car World Series on the streets of Houston with drivers Andrew Ranger and Charles Zwolsman. The Grand Prix of Houston, which takes place Saturday, May 13 on the 1.7-mile street course, will mark the second time that Champ Car has run a night race on a temporary circuit.

Canadian Andrew Ranger will be back behind the wheel of the #27 Tide/Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone car to participate in the first Houston race since 2001. After a sixth place finish in Long Beach, at the opening race of the season, Ranger wants to put in another strong performance.

"I'm happy to be back with the Conquest Racing Team for the Grand Prix of Houston. It's a race that I'm really looking forward to because it will be the first time I take part in a night event on a street course. I saw the track layout when I was there last November for the unveiling and it looks like a very challenging track, it should be an exciting race for the fans as well as the drivers. Hopefully, we can put in another performance like in Long Beach and get a good result for the team."

After injuring his back at the season opener, rookie Charles Zwolsman took advantage of the time off between races to nurse his injury, all while taking part in the team's testing sessions. The driver of the #34 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone will look to complete his first race with MJCR after failing to finish the race in Long Beach due to contact with the wall.

"The only time I raced at night was in a kart race when I was 12, so I can't wait to compete on the streets of Houston under the lights in a Champ car, I'm sure it will be a memorable experience. Like most of the other drivers, I have only seen the track on paper, but it seems to be a competitive one. This race will also give me a chance to evaluate the recuperation from my back and wrist injuries."

Before heading to Texas the Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Team will be testing in Sebring, Florida today and tomorrow in preparation for the Houston street course.

The Champ Car action at Reliant Park gets underway at 3:45 p.m. local time Thursday, May 11, 2006 with the first practice session which will be followed by first round qualifying at 8:15 p.m. local. The race will be broadcast live on Speed Saturday, May 13 at 9 p.m. ET.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Andrew Ranger , Charles Zwolsman
Teams Conquest Racing