CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto: Conquest Racing race report

Heylen's Day Ended Early in Five Car Pileup in First Lap Jan Heylen's ( ...

Heylen's Day Ended Early in Five Car Pileup in First Lap

Jan Heylen's (#34 Champ Car Grand Prix of Belgium / Cosworth / DP01 / Bridgestone) race was ended in the first lap due to an accident in the exit of turn seven involving Tracy, Gommendy, Figge and Legge during the first lap of the Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto. Jan had a clean standing start but lost three positions putting him behind Tracy. Exiting turn seven, Tracy that had collected Pagenaud's front wing under his own lost control of his car and had contact with the wall. The contact happened just after a fast blind corner and while Jan had eased off the throttle and avoided contact with Tracy, Gommendy did not slow enough and hit the back of the Jan's; ending his race before one complete lap could be run. Heylen was able to get the car back to pit lane with significant rear suspension and his rear wing missing and was forced to retire.

Jan Heylen #34 Champ Car Grand Prix of Belgium / Cosworth / DP01 / Bridgestone

"Obviously we were hoping for a better result today," said Heylen. "I had managed to avoid Tracy after his contact with the wall and thought I was clear of the accident when Gommendy came around the corner with a lot of speed and crashed, taking the rear wing off of my car. We started today on the Bridgestone Reds and weren't sure what the weather was going to do but in the end we decided to get at least one lap on them. I figured with our strong qualifying yesterday we would have a better chance for a good finish with the #34 car but it looks like we'll just have to wait until Edmonton."

Eric Bachelart Quote

"We are very disappointed to have another DNF for the team this weekend," said Eric Bachelart, Conquest Racing team owner. "We had a strong final qualifying session yesterday and were hoping for a good race. We continue to improve and work on perfecting the car and we are confident that we will be able to duplicate our strong qualifying again and get in a good race in the future."

Event Information

The eighth round of the 2007 Champ Car World Series will be held at the Rexall Grand Prix of Edmonton on Sunday, July 22nd at 3:00 p.m. EST. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN beginning at 3:00 p.m. EST as well as broadcast live on XM Satellite Radio Channel 205.

Edmonton is the final leg of the Champ Car Canadian Triple Crown which will pit teams against each other over the three successive Canadian races. The competition began in Mont Tremblant on July 1st before stopping in Toronto on July 8th. Standings in the Triple Crown will be based upon a combined average finish for each team.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jan Heylen
Teams Conquest Racing