MI-JACK CONQUEST RACING OFF TO A PROMISING START IN THE CHAMP CAR ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP Long Beach, California, Sunday, April 9, 2006 - The Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Team posted a top-five finish in their first race in the revamped ...
MI-JACK CONQUEST RACING OFF TO A PROMISING START IN THE CHAMP CAR ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP
Long Beach, California, Sunday, April 9, 2006 - The Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Team posted a top-five finish in their first race in the revamped Atlantic Series with rookie Graham Rahal finishing fifth on the streets of Long Beach. Al Unser III, Rahal's teammate, was involved in a turn one incident near the end of the race and took the checkered flag one lap down in 19th position.
The 17-year old son of three time Champ Car Champion Bobby Rahal started from the seventh spot on the grid and moved up one position at the start. Rahal was able to finish fifth although making contact with the wall in the opening stages of the race.
"The race was pretty good for me although I hit the wall on the first lap in turn 10 and bent the steering but other than that the car ran well and mechanically the Conquest Racing team did an excellent job and we got to the end. There are a few things we still have to improve on but we were able to keep up with everyone and at one point we were the fastest in the race so I am happy with my fifth place result."
Son of Al Unser Jr., a six time winner in Long Beach, Al Unser III, lost a position at the start, falling to 21st, but quickly retook his place in the following laps. Unser was running 18th when he was involved in a first turn accident with three other cars.
"The race went okay, it was better than the last time I was here. I had a little incident about three quarters of the way into the race. Turn one was blocked, I had nowhere to go and I ended up under somebody. Luckily the damage wasn't that bad and the safety guys pulled me out and I was able to continue. At that point I was already one lap down," explained Unser. "In general, it was a good race for me, I got to learn a lot and I'm pretty satisfied with the day, just sad that we ended up in that incident."
"It's a very promising start for us," stated team co-owner Eric Bachelart. "We have two talented young drivers and two experienced engineers that work really well together and with today's result I think it is a sign of good things to come for this season."
The Atlantic team will be back on track in Houston on May 13, 2006 for the second round of the Champ Car Atlantic Championship.