CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto: Minardi Team USA preview

A WEEK OF CONTRASTS Toronto, ON (July 3, 2007) -- The contrast in surroundings could hardly be more marked for Minardi Team USA drivers Robert Doornbos and 'Speedy' Dan Clarke -- as well as for their ...

A WEEK OF CONTRASTS

Toronto, ON (July 3, 2007) -- The contrast in surroundings could hardly be more marked for Minardi Team USA drivers Robert Doornbos and 'Speedy' Dan Clarke -- as well as for their fellow competitors -- as the 2007 edition of the Champ Car World Series moves from the picturesque countryside of Quebec's Laurentian region to the cosmopolitan bustle of Toronto, Ontario, in the space of a week. It's not just the scenery that has changed either. The Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto requires drivers to get to grips with a tough, fast and unforgiving street circuit, while last Sunday's enthralling Mont-Tremblant race took place on one of North America's classic road courses.

Speaking of last Sunday's race, when the checkered flag flew, it was for Minardi Team USA's Robert Doornbos. With the win, the Champ Car rookie from The Netherlands claimed his first Series victory, recorded his fifth podium finish in six starts, and moved into joint first place in the Champ Car World Series standings. By anyone's standards, it has been quite a remarkable start to the season.

Team mate, 'Speedy' Dan, was forced to retire from last weekend's race when a mechanical problem developed with his car, but both he and the team took considerable heart from the fact that he ran very competitively during the race, and would almost certainly have been in line for a podium finish himself had all gone according to plan.

As is often the case with motor racing, however, there was little time to celebrate Robert's victory. Both drivers are now making their way to Toronto and preparing to put on their street racing "heads" for what is likely to be another exciting weekend for drivers and fans alike.

Robert Doornbos:

"We are going into Toronto with as much confidence as ever. After our first race win, we hope to continue to show our competitiveness in Toronto, and back-up the victory in Mont-Tremblant. I think it's going to be a very close race for the Championship from this point on, and we as a team have to remain very much on our toes if we want to keep winning. As the season continues, we are getting stronger and stronger, and I think that will be very clear once again in Toronto."

'Speedy' Dan Clarke:

"I'm really looking forward to Toronto, and will be going for a race win. Despite the outcome, we had a good weekend at Mont-Tremblant, and the crew has the energy and the speed -- we are still building on the momentum that we have been developing since Portland. I know we're on the verge of having some great races, and hopefully, Toronto will be one of them."

Keith Wiggins, Team Co-owner:

"It would be difficult to imagine a more exciting race than the one we had at Mont-Tremblant last weekend, and judging by all the messages of congratulation we've received since Sunday afternoon, Robert's victory was a very popular one. There's no resting on your laurels in this business, however, and the team has been busy preparing the cars for the Toronto race, which poses a very different set of challenges from those experienced at the last event. Both Robert and Dan have shown they can also be highly competitive on street circuits, so we have every hope of another strong performance this weekend."

-credit: mtusa

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robert Doornbos , Dan Clarke