CHAMPCAR/CART: San Jose: Conquest Racing preview

San Jose, California, July 26, 2006 -- The Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Team will be in California this weekend for the Canary Foundation Grand Prix of San Jose Presented by Taylor Woodrow with drivers Andrew Ranger and Charles Zwolsman. Both drivers...

San Jose, California, July 26, 2006 -- The Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Team will be in California this weekend for the Canary Foundation Grand Prix of San Jose Presented by Taylor Woodrow with drivers Andrew Ranger and Charles Zwolsman. Both drivers are looking forward to racing on the 1.5-mile temporary street course and are anxious to find out just how less bumpy the track will be compared to last year.

Andrew Ranger has his sights set on fourth place in the Championship after falling back to fifth in Edmonton last weekend, despite an excellent qualifying and race effort. Ranger is only three points behind fellow Canadian Paul Tracy, with a total of 127 points. The 19-year-old from Roxton Pond, Quebec remains the only driver to have completed all races this season and has seven top-ten finishes in eight races. Ranger has qualified in the top-eight in his last two races (one sixth place and one eighth) and will be looking to carry that momentum into this weekend's qualifying and race. Last season on the streets of San Jose his race ended early due to contact with the wall.

"I'm anxious to be heading back to San Jose to see the changes they made to the track. I hope I will enjoy the experience more this year, because it was a little tough in '05 with the bumps and the narrow course, and that I will be able to finish the race. Once again I'm glad to be back with the Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Team and I appreciate their keeping me in the car in order to fight for my championship position. I would love to get my fourth place back from Paul Tracy once the weekend is over, since I'm so close to him in points."

Charles Zwolsman had a difficult race in Edmonton after a stomach bug got the best of him, but the Dutchman says he is now feeling better and that he is ready to battle on the streets of San Jose. Zwolsman finished third here last year in Atlantics after grabbing the pole position.

"The crowd in San Jose was great in 2005 and I hope it that will be the same this year. What I hope changed is the track and that it is not as bumpy as last year! I know that they have worked on it, but it will be interesting to see the changes. The feel will definitely be different driving there in a Champ Car this year and I am looking forward to it," said the Dutchman. "Like usual my goal is to finish in the top-ten."

Zwolsman and Ranger will be on track Friday July 28 for the first practice session at 1:15 p.m. and will return at 5:20 p.m. for the first round of qualifying and Saturday at 1:30 p.m. will be another practice session that will be followed by the second and final round of qualifying at 5:20 p.m. The green flag for the Canary Foundation Grand Prix of San Jose Presented by Taylor Woodrow will drop at 3:45 p.m. and will be broadcast live on NBC at 3:30 p.m. (all times eastern).

-mjcr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Andrew Ranger , Charles Zwolsman
Teams Conquest Racing