Conquest Racing innocent victim of bad luck at Texas Romancini places 17th with Baguette involved in accident Fort Worth, Texas (June 5, 2010) - Conquest Racing was looking strong at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) but bad luck past the halfway mark...
Conquest Racing innocent victim of bad luck at Texas
Romancini places 17th with Baguette involved in accident
Fort Worth, Texas (June 5, 2010) - Conquest Racing was looking strong at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) but bad luck past the halfway mark of the race cost the team what could have been a season high result for Bertrand Baguette.
As is usually the case at TMS, racing is close and passing frequent which can be quite the learning experience for a pair of rookie drivers. But you wouldn't think that Baguette and Romancini were taking part in only their third IZOD IndyCar Series race on an oval as both drivers were having clean runs.
Although they lost positions at the start, it didn't take long for the two rookies to start moving back up. While Romancini was struggling a little with the balance on his car in the first part of the race, Baguette was putting in a very strong run.
The Belgian driver kept picking off cars and moving through the field making his way as high as 12th at one point and fighting back and forth with Marco Andretti for position. Not as fortunate was his teammate, Brazilian Romancini who, although improving his racecar throughout the race, had fallen a lap down early on.
Everything was running smoothly for Conquest Racing and things were looking up as both drivers were staying out of trouble. But then on lap 130, Conquest and Baguette fell victim to bad luck when the cars of Helio Castroneves and Mario Moraes got tangled and hit the wall.
Baguette tried as best he could to avoid the two cars that were coming back down the track in front of him, but with nowhere to go but between the two, the #36 Angie's List Special of Baguette suffered race ending damage to the left front after having no choice but to clip the car of Castroneves in passing.
With one car now out of the race, the team turned its focus to Romancini who was putting in strong lap times and soldiering on despite being unable to gain his lap back. By the time the checkered flag came out on the Firestone 550k at Texas Motor Speedway, Romancini had made it up to 17th.
Next up for the Indianapolis-based team will be the Iowa Corn Indy 250 in two weeks time at Iowa Speedway, June 19 - 20, 2010.
17th - Mario Romancini, #34 Conquest Racing "We changed the setup from the last practice yesterday and it wasn't quite right for the start of the race, so we kept on working on it throughout the race during the pit stops. Unfortunately in the first stint I got lapped and that pretty much was the key point for us, as I couldn't get the lap back. By the last stint I was pretty happy with the car. So overall, I think it was a good experience racing here in Texas. It's a different oval than what I am use to. It was quite different with the banking. I am a bit disappointed with the result but I think we learned some important things for Iowa and hopefully we will do better there."
22nd - Bertrand Baguette, #36 Angie's List Special "I saw the two cars hit the wall in front me and as they were coming back down the track I tried to avoid them. I was slowing down but everything happens so quickly. I tried to go between them but I couldn't, it was close but I couldn't do anything to try and miss them. It's a shame because we had a good car and we were fast. We've had a good car at all the ovals we've been to this year and we deserved a better result than this. It was a great experience racing at Texas, and we were doing so well, I just wish we could have had a different ending."
-source: conquest racing