CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto: Conquest Racing Saturday report

Wilson Earns 5th Spot On The Grid; Sperafico Settles For 17th Mi-Jack Conquest Racing driver Justin Wilson (No. 34) will be starting from the 5th position in the Grand Prix of Toronto on Sunday, July 11th. The British driver is happy with the...

Wilson Earns 5th Spot On The Grid; Sperafico Settles For 17th

Mi-Jack Conquest Racing driver Justin Wilson (No. 34) will be starting from the 5th position in the Grand Prix of Toronto on Sunday, July 11th. The British driver is happy with the car, but a bit disappointed with his qualifying results. "First of all, I'm very pleased with the Mi-Jack Conquest Racing team. The car has been tremendous! I'm a bit disappointed we could not qualify higher, since we felt the car was capable of a top-3 grid position. Due to some traffic I encountered during my last laps of the session I was unable to improve my time. Nevertheless, the car has been fast all weekend, and I am very confident about tomorrow's race", said the Brit.

As for MJCR's second driver, Alex Sperafico (No. 14), his car improved significantly during the qualifying session, but the Brazilian was also a victim of heavy traffic. "We were able to improve the car through qualifying, even after the tires were already worn. Unfortunately, once we changed to new tires and expected to go even faster, I encountered too much traffic and was unable to get a clean lap. On the positive side, we were able to make improvements to the car, and hope to run a competitive race tomorrow", he said.

The team's co-owner, Eric Bachelart, also felt heavy traffic hurt both his drivers. "In Justin's case, we sent him out of the pits at the wrong time, and he got caught in heavy traffic. Alex was also improving significantly towards the end of the session, but could not get a clean lap to try to improve his time", he said. Despite those setbacks, Bachelart feels good about both his drivers' chances on Sunday. "Justin has proven he can compete with anyone in this Series. Our expectations of him have risen tremendously since the beginning of the season, and if we are able to run a good race tomorrow, I would not be surprised if we got our first podium finish", he said, adding "as for Alex, he seems to be comfortable with the changes made to his car this weekend, so we expect him to have a strong finish tomorrow", Bachelart concluded.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Alex Sperafico
Teams Conquest Racing