Like Going Home
For the first time this season in the IndyCar Series, Conquest Racing will be visiting a track that it has competed on more than once. Having raced at Edmonton's City Centre Airport since the Edmonton Indy's inception in 2005, going to Edmonton for Conquest Racing, like the other ‘transition teams', is like going home, finally finding themselves in territory very well-known to them while unknown to the ‘established' IndyCar Series teams. Over the last three years, Conquest Racing has scored a best finish of seventh at Edmonton with a top start of eighth. Both were registered in 2006 by Canadian driver Andrew Ranger.
Getting to the Finish
Despite this being drivers Enrique Bernoldi and Jaime Camara's first visit to the 1.96-mile street circuit, Conquest is hoping that its experience on this airport track will serve them well and help them turn their season around after seeing their drivers struggle over the last few races. Momentum has started to build thanks to rookie Camara's first road course finish of the season last weekend in Mid-Ohio but the team now hopes that both drivers can keep building on that momentum and have a strong run throughout the remainder of the season.
#34 Jaime Camara Sangari Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"We gained momentum last weekend in Mid-Ohio and I hope we can keep that going. Obviously, I'm still gaining experience on road/street courses and I expect it to be a tough race in Edmonton , I've never been to that track and everyone says it's very difficult, very physical. But, I'm looking forward to it. The team has plenty of experience in Edmonton and I think that will give us a small advantage at the start of the weekend."
#36 Enrique Bernoldi Sangari Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"I have heard that the Edmonton track is very difficult but I can't wait to get there and check it out for myself. I have always enjoyed going to Canada and I look forward to this race. The team has raced there in the past in Champ Car and I am looking for a good result this weekend. We really need to finish a race, hopefully luck will be on our side and I can make it to the checkered."
Eric Bachelart, owner Conquest Racing:
"This is probably one of the races that we have been looking forward to the most this season because we feel like we may have a slight advantage heading into the weekend. We can skip the part of having to learn the track. I think the team can do well this weekend. Jaime progressed a lot in Mid-Ohio last weekend as he continues to gain experience on road and street courses. As for Enrique, it was unfortunate for him to be involved in an on-track incident but I expect good things from him this weekend."
- credit: cr