Mi-Jack Conquest Racing ready for Mexico finale
(Indianapolis, IN)q November 2005--Mi-Jack Conquest Racing is looking forward to the final race of the 2005 Champ Car World Series season at the Aut0x00f3dromo Hermanos Rodr0x00edguez facility in Mexico City with drivers Nelson Philippe and rookie Andrew Ranger. Both young drivers have continued to improve and show impressive speed this year, and are looking to the Mexico City race to finish the season off on a high note. JVisiting Mexico once again brings back good memories for the team, as the Monterrey round earlier this season provided several highlights when Philippe led the race for twenty-three laps before Ranger came across the finish line in a record-setting second place at just 18 years old. JPhilippe, who speaks fluent Spanish in addition to English and his native French, enjoys the Mexican rounds of the Champ Car World Series, and feeds off the passion of the large crowds. Philippe is coming off an Australian race where he once again showed strong pace and ran in the top-five past the halfway point in the event, but was disappointed with the result after encountering problems late in the race.
"Viva Mexico! I am ecstatic about going to Mexico City for our final race," said Philippe. "I feel at home there and I love the people. This year I will be wearing the Mexico colors on my helmet as a tribute to all their great fans. It's also our last race of the year and I am still looking for a very strong result. Luck hasn't been on my side this year but we continue to push and move forward because we know we are not far away. The Mi-Jack Conquest Racing team has been fantastic all year and I feel that we have all improved in every aspect of racing. We will be sharp, confident and I will do my best this weekend to ensure a great finish."
The race weekend will mark the first visit to the Aut0x00f3dromo Hermanos Rodr0x00edguez facility for rookie Ranger, who has continued to improve his consistency as he has shown remarkable pace in his Tide/Mi-Jack Conquest Racing machine. Ranger, who took a season-best qualifying of fourth on the grid in Cleveland, has taken top-ten finishes in two of the last four events, and is hoping to collect more points this weekend and move up in the final standings.
"It's great to return to the country where I scored my best result of the season when I placed second at Monterrey back in May," said Ranger. "It certainly puts the team in a good frame of mind as we try to close out the year with a solid showing. It's been a challenging season with many ups and downs, but I am proud of my crew and the whole team for pulling together. It would be a fantastic reward for everyone involved to finish in the top-10 in the overall standings, a goal that is within reach with only 11 points separating us from Ronnie (Bremer) for 10th spot."
Mi-Jack Conquest Racing co-owner Eric Bachelart is looking to end the season strong as the team begins an exciting new chapter next season with the addition of a two-car Atlantic effort, which will help the team continue to grow and develop talent for the future, inside and out of the car.
"We are looking forward to racing in front of the large and loud crowds that Mexico City always has," said Bachelart. "We qualified third and finished fourth with Justin Wilson last year and we have always had good cars for this race, so we are optimistic that we can be strong once again in Mexico City. The entire Mi-Jack Conquest Racing organization has grown and improved this season, and we are hoping to end the season on a high note, as we are already at work on our 2006 programs and are very enthusiastic about the future for the team."