Sonoma: Conquest Racing race report

Tough luck for Conquest Racing in Sonoma Sonoma, CA (August 23, 2010) - Conquest Racing's bad luck at Infineon Raceway continued Sunday at the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma. Bertrand Baguette had a top ten finish in site but failed to cross...

Tough luck for Conquest Racing in Sonoma

Sonoma, CA (August 23, 2010) - Conquest Racing's bad luck at Infineon Raceway continued Sunday at the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma. Bertrand Baguette had a top ten finish in site but failed to cross the finish line, as he was an innocent victim of an on track incident.

Baguette has shown constant progression throughout the season and that continued at Infineon Raceway this weekend.

The Belgian claimed his best starting position of the season on Saturday, placed eighth in the Sunday morning warm-up and despite a first lap incident with Dan Wheldon that relegated him a few spots, was putting in another good performance in the race.

Baguette kept pushing and gaining some positions. But then when making a nice move on Raphael Matos for 10th place on lap 66, EJ Viso, who was one lap down to the leaders, hit him when trying an impossible pass on the inside.

The contact sent Baguette's car into Matos, causing race-ending damage to the #34 Ice-Watch machine. The rookie driver was classified 23rd.

Conquest Racing's other rookie driver Francesco Dracone continued his learning experience throughout the weekend. The Italian driver made overall progress on his performance aboard the Honda/Dallara, and saw the checkered for a second straight race, placing 20th on the time sheets.

With the street and road course portion of the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season over, Conquest Racing is embarking on a stretch of four oval races to end the season starting with the Peak Anitfreeze and Motor Oil Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway August 28, 2010.

Conquest Racing Quoteboard:

Bertrand Baguette, #34 Ice-Watch, RACB Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"We had a good car in warm-up Sunday morning and I was very confident heading into the race. Unfortunately, even if the car was good, we ended up not having a great race. I'm not sure what happened with Wheldon at the start. He hit my front tire and that flipped him over. I went down a couple of positions after that but I was able to make my way back up.

"Everything ran smoothly afterwards but then with less than 10 laps to go, I was trying to get by Matos for 10th place and Viso came out of nowhere and ended up taking both Matos and myself out. The car was really good and we had a good balance on both the regular and alternate Firestone tires. It's disappointing to be taken out like that because we could have finished in the top 10."

Francesco Dracone, #36 Conquest Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"It was a very tough race weekend for me but once again I learned a lot. I can't say that the Infineon track is my favorite type of track to drive on, and I think that made my learning curve a little bit more difficult. I was more and more comfortable in the car as the race went on and although it wasn't the best of races for me, I am happy to have made it to the finish, which was my goal for these two races I was doing in the IndyCar Series.

"I want to thank Conquest Racing for giving me this opportunity. It was a very satisfying experience to be working with this team, hopefully we can work together again in the future."

-source: conquest racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dan Wheldon , Bertrand Baguette , EJ Viso , Francesco Dracone
Teams Conquest Racing