MI-JACK CONQUEST RACING ATLANTIC TEAM SCORE ANOTHER PODIUM FINISH Edmonton, Alberta, July 23, 2006 -- The Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Atlantic Team scored a sixth consecutive podium finish today at the West Edmonton Mall Grand Prix with a second...
MI-JACK CONQUEST RACING ATLANTIC TEAM SCORE ANOTHER PODIUM FINISH
Edmonton, Alberta, July 23, 2006 -- The Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Atlantic Team scored a sixth consecutive podium finish today at the West Edmonton Mall Grand Prix with a second place finish by American Graham Rahal. The American's team-mate, Britain's Ryan Lewis saw his day end when he spun on lap six and tapped the wall in turn three, he was classified in 22nd place.
Graham Rahal had his work cut out for him today when he fell to sixth at the start. After moving up to fifth, Rahal set his sights on Andreas Wirth and passed him on lap 18 putting him into fourth. Four laps later the 17-year-old got by Joe D'Agostino for third place. Rahal then went up to second place when leader Raphael Matos crashed out of the race. The young Rahal remains in third position in the standings, 24 points behind Series' Leader Simon Pagenaud.
"I'm not quite sure what happened on the start to be honest, my last couple have been pretty good but things change and that is the beauty of standing starts, every time it is a bit different. This weekend has been difficult to some extent, we had a good race car but we didn't have the speed of (Simon) Pagenaud's car. We definitely took advantage of the opportunities that came to us," said Rahal. "I think in the end when it comes down to the to the points championship it's all we had to do. Obviously I would have liked to gain points but there are still more races to come, and we've been strong and consistent on the street courses, so I'm looking forward to those. I'm just happy with the result today."
The Edmonton Atlantic race was a short lived one for Ryan Lewis as he spun on lap six and hit the wall in turn three, causing him to retire out of the race. He ended the day in 22nd place on the timing & scoring sheets.
"It wasn't really a good weekend for us in Edmonton. I really wanted to do well, especially for my engineer Lee (Dykstra) who couldn't be here this weekend, but once again I made a mistake. I made the guys work late Friday and I would have liked to make it up to them but we will try again in San Jose next weekend."
The following round of the Champ Car Atlantic Series will takes place this coming weekend on the streets of San Jose from July 28-30.