McIntosh to test street skills in Monaco
Montreal, Canada (May 24, 2006) -- Canada's Sean McIntosh will make his debut on the streets of Monte Carlo this weekend as the World Series by Renault forms part of the support- race package to the 64th running of the illustrious Monaco Grand Prix, 25-28 May. McIntosh, who celebrated his 21st birthday last Sunday, will get his first taste of the legendary 3.34km street course in tomorrow's single practice session before going on to qualifying on Saturday and race Sunday.
Unlike most rounds in the 2006 World Series by Renault, which are usually double-headers, Monaco will play host to just one race for the 30-strong international line-up of F1-aspirants. While Monaco is undoubtedly the most famous street race in the world, Sean is no stranger to the demands of such circuits having experienced the format on several occasions in North America and most recently in Durban, South Africa in the A1 Grand Prix of Nations. The Canadian, racing for Belgium-based Team KTR this season, triumphed on the streets of Vancouver back in 2002 as the Fran-Am Championship supported the Molson Indy in his home-town while January's A1GP street spectacular in South Africa presented Sean with a top-ten finish in the Feature race.
Following a disappointing opening weekend in the World Series last month in Belgium, where he was taken out of a guaranteed top-ten finish in the first race and failed to qualify for the second one, Sean hopes to get his season kick-started in Monaco with a strong finish and a handful of points before the watching eyes of the F1 community.
Previewing his first taste of Monaco Sean commented: "I'm looking forward to getting back in the car following a very character testing weekend in Zolder last month. The Monaco Grand Prix is probably one of the three most famous races in the world alongside Le Mans and the Indy 500. To be able to compete there at this stage of my career is pretty exciting, I'm hoping it's the first of many visits!
"It's probably going to be quite challenging and unique because it's a street circuit. It's more permanent than some of the other street courses I've raced on in North America and recently in South Africa in A1GP but it's going to be the usual bumpy, tight and twisty that's for sure. I'll have to work my way into it in the limited practice we have but it will be the same for everyone. Like all street courses though, qualifying will be key to the outcome of the race as overtaking opportunities are usually pretty limited."
The action in Monaco starts with tomorrow afternoon's solitary practice session before qualifying on Saturday and the race on Sunday morning, 11am CET, 28 May.