Houston: Carl Skerlong preview

Skerlong Heads To Texas For Houston Street Race Mukilteo, Washington (April 19, 2007) -- Round 3 of the 2007 Cooper Tires Presents The Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda, hosted at the JAGFlo Speedway at Reliant Park in Houston,...

Skerlong Heads To Texas For Houston Street Race

Mukilteo, Washington (April 19, 2007) -- Round 3 of the 2007 Cooper Tires Presents The Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda, hosted at the JAGFlo Speedway at Reliant Park in Houston, Texas this weekend, Friday 20th -- Sunday 22nd April, follows hot on the heels of back-to-back street course races for Carl Skerlong in Las Vegas and Long Beach.

The 18-year-old Seattle racer, driver of the #24 King Taco/US RaceTronics entry, opened his rookie season's scoring account in last Sunday's second round on the famed Long Beach street circuit. Breaking into the top-ten early in the race, Carl took the checkered flag in ninth to enjoy his first points haul in his second career street race. His performance bodes well with his third straight temporary street course coming this weekend in the guise of the 1.69-mile JAGFlo Speedway at Reliant Park in Houston, the track making its debut on the Champ Car Atlantic schedule a year ago.

Carl's already proved himself to be a fast learner as he stepped up to race the 300bhp Swift Mazda-Cosworth used in the Champ Car Atlantic Championship having dominated both the 1600 and 2000 classes of the Formula TR Pro Series Championship in 2005 and 2006. Combining seat-time in the more powerful Atlantic car along with the process of learning each new track on the schedule, Skerlong's performances have impressed as he stands out as one of the leading American rookies in Champ Car's official feeder series.

"I definitely think we've figured out some more things about running on street circuits," Carl reflected heading into this weekend's Houston event. "It's my first year competing in a championship that runs on temporary road courses and I'm still fairly new to the team so there's a learning curve which I'm on at the moment but so far things have been working out pretty well. We were fast in Vegas and maybe took a bit longer to get up to speed in Long Beach but I'm confident we'll be up there in Houston."

He continued, "Having had a look at the track layout here there's definitely more opportunities for overtaking which can only be a good thing. This kind of racing is always tough but you get out of it what you put into it. I'm learning to find that extra tenth of a second here and there which in this series can be the difference between a good couple of positions on the grid or out on track! It's been a busy start to the season but it's good to get the experience and it's the same for everyone out there so we just have to focus on our program and keeping working away."

The 2007 Champ Car Atlantic Championship takes in 12 races over 10 weekends from April to August with events held throughout the United States in Las Vegas, Long Beach, Houston, Portland, Cleveland, San Jose and Elkhart Lake with a cross-border excursion to Canada in July for races in Mont-Tremblant, Toronto and Edmonton.

Round 3 starts in Houston, Texas on Sunday, 22nd April, at 10:30am local time with the race set to be broadcast as a tape-delay on ESPN2 on Thursday 26th April at 5:30pm EST.

-credit: www.cskerlong.com

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