Mosport: Jacombs Racing preview

JACOMBS TEAM RETURN TO SCENE OF FIRST WIN Hamilton, ON - Thursday June 12, 2008: The thought of Father's Day at the Mosport Road Course brings a smile to the face of team owner Dave Jacombs. Last year with Andrew Ranger behind the wheel, in...

JACOMBS TEAM RETURN TO SCENE OF FIRST WIN

Hamilton, ON - Thursday June 12, 2008: The thought of Father's Day at the Mosport Road Course brings a smile to the face of team owner Dave Jacombs. Last year with Andrew Ranger behind the wheel, in only his third stock car race, they went to Victory Lane, a place Jacombs Racing had not been in some time. This was the start of their run for the 2007 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series National Championship.

Ranger, a newcomer to the stock car scene, after competing in open wheel cars, most recently Champ Car, adapted quickly to the heavier cars with a solid finish at the first oval event at Cayuga and a win at this second event of the '07 season. They would leave Mosport with the points lead, a lead they would not relinquish for the rest of the season.

After serving a penalty for jumping the green flag at the start HPIM1430.JPG of last years race, Ranger had to work hard to make his way back to the front. Another rookie mistake would be made when he pitted to close to the pit wall and the jack-man had difficulty getting the car up for right side tires and it cost them valuable time on pit road. Not to be deterred, the youngster again made a dash to the front where with less than 10 laps to go he passed the other young gun in the series J.R. Fitzpatrick to take the win.

2008 sees the Jacombs Racing Team fielding a second full time team with another former Champ Car driver, Alex Tagliani. Tagliani had car troubles in his first event with the Jacombs team at Cayuga Speedway where they fought a vibration and charging system problems all night. Practice at St. Eustache, before the event was called due to rain, saw the No. 7 Wal-Mart/Ubisoft driver post the second quickest time on a track he was seeing for the first time.

"I am excited to bring to such good road racers here this weekend," stated team owner Dave Jacombs. "They are both great talents and I expect they will likely be battling each other as well as the other competitors on Sunday, hopefully for the win."

Mosport International Raceway is a 10 turn, 2.459 mile road course with multiple elevations and challenging off camber turns located less than one hour east of Toronto. Event details, including schedule, ticket information and directions to the Bowmanville facility can be found on the Mosport International Raceway website www.mosport.com.

-credit: jr

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Alex Tagliani , Dave Jacombs , Andrew Ranger