MI-JACK CONQUEST RACING AND GRAHAM RAHAL OFF TO A STRONG START IN DENVER - Ryan Lewis clips wall, qualifies 21st - Denver, Colorado, August 11, 2006 -- The Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Atlantic Team guaranteed themselves a sixth front row starting...
MI-JACK CONQUEST RACING AND GRAHAM RAHAL OFF TO A STRONG START IN DENVER
- Ryan Lewis clips wall, qualifies 21st -
Denver, Colorado, August 11, 2006 -- The Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Atlantic Team guaranteed themselves a sixth front row starting position today when Graham Rahal broke the track record and grabbed his fourth provisional pole of the season with a lap of 1:07.492. Rahal was untouchable throughout the qualifying session, as he put himself on the provisional pole early on and stayed at the top of the timing sheet. For his part, Ryan Lewis, Rahal's teammate at Conquest Racing, spent the majority of the session in the pits getting repairs to the right rear of the car caused by him clipping the wall in turn eight on his second lap. The Brit was able to get back out on the track with about five minutes to go, but a red flag came out two minutes later. The session went back to green with less than one minute and a half to go and Lewis was able to jump up a few spots into 21st. He will try to improve on his position tomorrow during the final round of qualifying which takes place at 3:15 p.m. eastern.
1st -- Graham Rahal #18 Gehl Company
"When I ran here with Formula BMW, this was by far my best weekend. I like the track and I like the layout. I have to say, the car was great out of the box and we basically changed nothing. I think most of the speed you can find here depends on your line. People will disagree with me, but everyone's going to be sliding around out here. You can gain some time in certain areas. The car feels pretty good. We're a half second quicker on old tires and we're quick and consistent. Going into the race that's the best combination you can have."
21st -- Ryan Lewis #30 Insport Sports Management
"I came into turn eight a little too aggressive and I clipped the wall which bent something on the right rear. The guys once again did a fantastic job to get me back out. Unfortunately the red flag didn't help and cost me track time in the final minutes of the session. I never really had the time to put in a decent lap. The important thing is that the car is good and we'll improve our position tomorrow."
-credit: conquest racing