Edmonton: Carl Skerlong preview

Skerlong Seeking Change of Fortune Seattle's Carl Skerlong is seeking a change of fortune in Edmonton, Canada this weekend as he gets set to participate in Rounds 9 and 10 of the 2007 Cooper Tires Presents The Champ Car Atlantic Championship...

Skerlong Seeking Change of Fortune

Seattle's Carl Skerlong is seeking a change of fortune in Edmonton, Canada this weekend as he gets set to participate in Rounds 9 and 10 of the 2007 Cooper Tires Presents The Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda, Friday 20th -- Sunday 22nd July.

The 18-year-old rookie, who graduated last month from the Chrysalis School, Woodinville, has endured a recent run of bad luck that has seen him without a top-ten finish since Round 4 in Portland in early June. While the highlight of his season to-date is a second place podium finish in Round 3's Houston street race, the low came in the shape of the last race in Toronto where he was taken out of a promising top-ten run having been frustratingly hit from behind under a full-course caution.

Holding on to ninth overall in the Driver Standings, collecting points in Toronto despite his retirement having been classified with a 15th place finish amid the chaos brought on by torrential rain, Carl, driver of the #24 King Taco/US RaceTronics Swift Mazda-Cosworth entry, is keen to start the final third of the 12-round series on a positive note commencing with this weekend's double-header event in Edmonton.

The third and final stop on a three-leg tour of Canada throughout July, Saturday and Sunday's 50-minute races take place on the 1.973-mile temporary street course laid out at Edmonton's City Centre Airport. A popular event with both fans and drivers, thanks in part to the flat-out design of the track and the excellent view of the whole circuit offered from the grandstands, this weekend's race meeting, the third to be held there since 2005, looks set to build on the previous successes.

"I definitely think it's about time my luck changed in this series," Skerlong commented on his way to Canada. "We've had our mishaps and incidents in the last few races which has been frustrating but as a team I know we're very prepared heading to Edmonton and hopefully we'll put together a good showing. While we've been unlucky lately we're still learning from everything that's happening to us and if we can develop the speed we usually demonstrate on Sunday's a little earlier in the weekend then we'll be in good shape.

"I'm looking forward to having two events this weekend as you get to stay in racing mode, you don't have any downtime to let your mind wander! This is my first time racing at Edmonton. So far I've only seen pictures of the track but it looks like it'll suit my style as it's a high-speed layout and all being well I'll get back up there and see a positive change of fortune in my results."

-credit: cskerlong

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Series Atlantic
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