MI-JACK CONQUEST RACING ATLANTIC TEAM HEAD TO CLEVELAND WITH PLENTY OF MOMENTUM Indianapolis, Indiana, June 21, 2006 -- It is a double-header weekend for the Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Atlantic duo of Ryan Lewis and Graham Rahal at the Gehl ...
MI-JACK CONQUEST RACING ATLANTIC TEAM HEAD TO CLEVELAND WITH PLENTY OF MOMENTUM
Indianapolis, Indiana, June 21, 2006 -- It is a double-header weekend for the Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Atlantic duo of Ryan Lewis and Graham Rahal at the Gehl Atlantic Championship of Cleveland. The fifth and sixth rounds of the Champ Car Atlantic Championship will be disputed on the 2.106-mile temporary road course this weekend where standing starts will be making a return to the series. The pair of talented young drivers is ready for the challenge and wants to build on their previous performances.
Ryan Lewis had an impressive debut last weekend in Portland, leading 31 of 40 laps, and was on his way to victory in his first Champ Car Atlantic race, until he lost a couple of gears and had to give up the lead. Lewis went on to finish second. This weekend he would like to continue where he left off, and if possible, take advantage of his experience with standing starts.
"Having done standing starts in Europe might be a slight advantage over the others, but in Cleveland you want to start up front no matter what because there always seems to be lots of carnage in the first turn," said Lewis. "It's going to be another tough race, everybody is saying that Cleveland is really bumpy, its going to be very hot and it's a very fast track, so physically again it is going to be a big test. Providing we can carry the momentum from Portland, I think we can go back out there and get another podium."
Lewis's biggest competition will come from his team-mate Graham Rahal. The 17-year-old native of Ohio has won the last two pole-positions and has set track records in both Monterrey and Portland. Rahal who won his first Atlantic race in Monterrey, Mexico over a month ago, will be looking to put behind him the heartbreaking result of last week's race. The teenager was taken out on the first lap by fellow rookie Simon Pagenaud. Rahal, like his team-mate, also has experience with standing starts having done them in Formula BMW as well as in A1GP.
"I look forward to racing in Cleveland. It's like a home race for me. It's a good track and I like it a lot. Even it's bumpy, I think it's one of the most fun tracks on the circuit," said Rahal, who lives in New Albany, Ohio. "We've been quick since the beginning of the season so I expect we will be strong again. The standing starts in Cleveland will be interesting and will cause some activity. With two races this weekend, it will be important to get past the first turn and collect as many points as possible toward the championship."
Qualifying for the first race of the Gehl Atlantic Championship of Cleveland takes place on Friday, June 23 at 3:00 p.m. ET. The race gets underway Saturday, June 24 at 3:30 p.m. and will be preceded by qualifying for race number two at 9:30 a.m. The second race will be disputed Sunday, June 25 at noon (all times eastern).