CHAMPCAR/CART: Milwaukee: Conquest Racing preview

Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Taking Momentum to Milwaukee Indianapolis, IN (May 31) -- To find success in the Champ Car World Series, drivers and their teams must prepare for a wide variety of race tracks, and after a highly ...

Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Taking Momentum to Milwaukee

Indianapolis, IN (May 31) -- To find success in the Champ Car World Series, drivers and their teams must prepare for a wide variety of race tracks, and after a highly successful road course race in round two, Mi-Jack Conquest Racing is now ready for a completely different challenge in round three of the 2005 Champ Car season for the Time Warner Cable Road Runner 225 presented by US Bank at the historic Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin.

Mi-Jack Conquest Racing had a breakthrough event in Monterrey, Mexico, as Nelson Philippe led his first laps in Champ Car competition, going on to lead the most laps of the race before contact from another car took him out of contention.

Philippe's teammate, series rookie Andrew Ranger, had his own strong performance in Mexico as well, moving up from fourteenth at the start to take second place, setting the record as the youngest driver to stand on a Champ Car podium.

The Monterrey race showed that with the two youngest drivers in Champ Car Series history, Mi-Jack Conquest Racing has a lot of potential to deliver solid results, and with the strong race behind them, the team is now looking forward to taking that momentum to Milwaukee's tricky Mile.

"We are very excited for this weekends race at the Milwaukee Mile, especially after getting a great result in Monterrey," said team co-owner Eric Bachelart. "Andrew is now leading in points for the "rookie of the year" after his 2nd place finish, and Nelson lead the most laps in Monterrey."

Bachelart, who took championships of his own as a driver before making the move into team co-ownership, has worked hard to improve his team's engineering infrastructure and technical program, and feels as though the Monterrey race could be a sign of things to come.

"Our team is improving and the Monterrey event has given us some good momentum, so hopefully we can have a strong showing at Milwaukee. We were able to test there earlier this season, and while preparing for the first oval race of the season is a challenge, we are optimistic that we can have another good race weekend and that our results will show how much effort is being made by the team and our drivers."

Philippe, who has raced at the Milwaukee track in Barber Dodge and Champ Car competition, knows that oval racing can be difficult and is one of the unique challenges of the Champ Car championship.

"It is one of the trickiest places we will race at this year and definitely not my favorite," said Philippe. "Oval racing, though tough, is part of the beauty and diversity of Champ Car. I think that our car should be pretty good for the race and all I hope for is that it is in one piece at the checkered flag. We will try to keep the momentum up from Monterrey, the team is really hyped. While on the subject of ovals, I want to wish Bruno a healthy and quick recovery from his accident."

Ranger, who took 'rookie of the year' honors in Toyota Atlantic last season, also has experience on the track, and is hoping to put the lessons learned racing and testing there to good use.

"I am looking forward to racing at Milwaukee," said Ranger. "We tested there earlier this year though as always, race conditions are very different from testing, and the race will be a great challenge. The Milwaukee Mile is a short track and is constantly busy. I enjoy this aspect of racing and will need to keep focused during the race. I finished third last year in the Toyota Atlantic Series and I hope to build on the success that Mi-Jack Conquest Racing and I had in Monterrey."

-mjcr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Nelson Philippe , Andrew Ranger
Teams Conquest Racing