MJCR ATLANTIC TEAM HEAD TO DENVER HOT OFF A SEVEN-CONSECUTIVE-PODIUM STREAK Indianapolis, Indiana, August 9, 2006 -- The Champ Car Atlantic Series 2006 season is rapidly winding down and the Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Atlantic Team is in the thick...
MJCR ATLANTIC TEAM HEAD TO DENVER HOT OFF A SEVEN-CONSECUTIVE-PODIUM STREAK
Indianapolis, Indiana, August 9, 2006 -- The Champ Car Atlantic Series 2006 season is rapidly winding down and the Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Atlantic Team is in the thick of the battle for the Championship lead with driver Graham Rahal. This weekend the battle heads to Denver, Colorado for the Grand Prix of Denver Atlantic Race which will be disputed on the 1.65-mile temporary street circuit. The Conquest Team is also looking to keep their streak of seven-consecutive-podium finishes alive, while Ryan Lewis, Rahal's teammate at the first year Atlantic squad, wants to continue his strong street circuit performances.
Sitting in second place, 26 points behind championship leader Simon Pagenaud, Rahal has been very strong so far this season on all the street circuits, but on-track incidents have taken him out of contention in the last two street circuit races. In Denver, the 17-year-old driver of the #18 Gehl Company car would like to turn that around and get back onto the top-step of the podium.
"With only three races left, it will be important to make up as many points as possible on Simon (Pagenaud). It will be getting harder and harder to catch him, especially if he has a good weekend," explained Rahal. "Fortunately, we have been competitive on street circuits all year and I believe Denver won't be any different. The only thing that has to change is the outcome of the race. The team has given me a great car for each race; we just have been unable to stay at the front for different reasons."
Britain's Ryan Lewis will try to keep his street circuit record intact this weekend. The 22-year-old has finished on the podium in his first two races on that type of track, placing third in Toronto and second in San Jose. Despite starting the season with the Conquest Team in Portland -- round 4 of 12 -- Lewis sits 13th in the Championship Standings with 89 points and has three podiums in six starts.
"I've learned a lot about racing on street courses in Toronto and San Jose and if I stop making little mistakes I know I can be right up there with Graham in every session, it's just a matter of getting everything right," said Lewis. "I can't say enough about the team and how hard they work, I know that they will once again give me a competitive race car in Denver. Like I said, it will be up to me to get everything right on track and bring the Insport car up front."