CHAMPCAR/CART: Houston: Minardi Team USA preview

SADDLE UP COWBOYS Houston, Texas -- Welcome to the Lone Star State. It's not a rodeo, and these aren't your typical cowboys, but Champ Car World Series drivers Dan Clarke and Robert Doornbos have rolled into town for the second Annual Grand Prix...

SADDLE UP COWBOYS

Houston, Texas -- Welcome to the Lone Star State. It's not a rodeo, and these aren't your typical cowboys, but Champ Car World Series drivers Dan Clarke and Robert Doornbos have rolled into town for the second Annual Grand Prix of Houston.

The Minardi Team USA drivers have now put the past behind them after a disappointing race for the team last weekend at Long Beach. It's time for Robert and Dan to "pony-up" as the Texans' say, and put on a show at least as exciting as an 8 Second bull-ride.

This event is Round Three of the 2007 Champ Car World Series season, the only one to be held in the great state of Texas. Both Minardi Team USA drivers are eager to begin attacking the 1.7 mile temporary street course set to the back drop of Houston's Reliant Park.

Robert Doornbos #14 Minardi Team USA Cosworth/ DP01/ Bridgestone goes into Houston in 5th place in the Championship and currently leads the Rookie of the Year standings. After his remarkable performance in his debut in Vegas where he claimed a second --place finish, Robert finished 13th at Long Beach after qualifying sixth for the race. He arrives in Houston with an enthusiastic attitude, hoping to once again drink some champagne on Sunday.

"We didn't have such a great weekend at Long Beach, but we've now put it behind us, and I'm looking forward to the race in Houston. I have heard that it is a great course, and I'm confident we will have a good showing there. After our result last weekend, I want to go out there and prove to everyone that Vegas was not a fluke."

Dan Clarke #4 Minardi Team USA Cosworth/ DP01/ Bridgestone finished 12th last weekend in Long Beach. It was one of those weekends where a string of various issues kept the young Englishman from showing his true potential. Dan missed all pre-season testing events, and after spending six days in the new car, now feels like his testing days are over. Dan drove this course last year, so after shaking off the cobwebs in the first two races, should have a good finish.

"It's great to be going to another track that I am familiar with. With the first two races behind us, I'm feeling comfortable with the car and extremely confident with the team. It's always fun to race in Texas, I love the Southern hospitality, and this is a great circuit to drive on. When I was in California, I took the team out to the Saddle Ranch, and we all rode the mechanical bull. It seems fitting that we are now here in real cowboy country, and I'm just really focused on giving the team a result that they so deserve."

-credit: mtusa

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robert Doornbos , Dan Clarke