Conquest Racing Iowa Speedway Race Report
Newton, Iowa (June 20, 2010) - Conquest Racing's Mario Romancini and Bertrand Baguette were taking on their 'shortest' challenge of the season this weekend at Iowa Speedway, and it wasn't an easy one, as they placed 16th and 17th respectively.
This weekend's Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer marked the first time that both Conquest drivers raced on a 0.875-mile oval in the IZOD IndyCar Series. However, Romancini was no stranger to the track having raced there in Firestone Indy Lights last season, but it was the first time Baguette put a wheel on such a short oval.
The race was without incident for Romancini in the #34 Conquest Dallara. The Brazilian, who was starting 23rd, made continuous improvements to his car throughout the race, helping him deal with the constant on-track traffic. While keeping a steady pace, staying out of trouble and soaking in as much experience as possible, Romancini went on to finish 16th.
Contrary to his teammate, Baguette had to fight through some setbacks during the race. Starting 22nd, the Belgian was once again showing good speed throughout the 250-lap event. Had it not been for a flat tire early on in the race, an extra pit stop to change the front wing and problems with his seat belt, he could have ended up with a much higher finishing position than 17th. But, much as it has been for him this season, luck was not on his side.
Conquest Racing will be hoping for better luck in the upcoming races as it now turns its focus back to road and street course races with the team's next event taking place at Watkins Glen International July 4, 2010, for the Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen.
16th - Mario Romancini, #34 Conquest Racing
"It was a tough race for us. We kept improving the car during our pit stops, but as the car kept improving, the race track was getting more difficult because the marbles on the outside were making the track tighter so you needed to be very careful if you went off line. When you look at the accidents that happened it was important to stay out of trouble, which we did. We finished 16th, it's not where we wanted to be but I guess it's not too bad. Now we're heading back to the road courses again and I'm really looking forward to it."
17th - Bertrand Baguette, #36 Conquest Racing
"I had a good start and was moving up through the field but then I had to make an unexpected pit stop for a flat tire early in the race. I think I drove over a piece of carbon that went through the tire, so that sent us down a couple of laps. When I went back out, I kept on pushing hard because the car was really good but we had a couple more incidents. I needed a new front wing at one point and then closer to the end one side of my seat belt came undone. It's all very unfortunate that we had these little setbacks because we had a strong car and we could have had a good finish. Hopefully our luck will turn around soon."
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