San Jose: Conquest Racing preview

San Jose, California, July 27, 2006 -- The Champ Car Atlantic Series moves to San Jose this weekend where the Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Atlantic Team will be competing in round nine of the twelve race schedule. The Canary Foundation Grand Prix of...

San Jose, California, July 27, 2006 -- The Champ Car Atlantic Series moves to San Jose this weekend where the Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Atlantic Team will be competing in round nine of the twelve race schedule. The Canary Foundation Grand Prix of San Jose Presented by Taylor Woodrow Atlantic race takes place from July 28 - 30 on the 1.5-mile temporary street course and will be broadcast on tape delay on Speed TV August 5 at 11:00 a.m. eastern.

This weekend, Graham Rahal and his teammate Ryan Lewis will be looking to keep the team's six-consecutive podium streak alive. Since their first win in Monterrey, Mexico back in May, the MJCR Atlantic squad has had one driver on the podium at every race, including three wins and a second place for Rahal as well as one second and one third place finish for Lewis.

After finishing second in Edmonton last weekend the 17-year-old Rahal will be looking to get back on the first step of the podium in order to gain some ground in the Championship standings. Rahal is currently third, 24 points behind Simon Pagenaud of France and only six points behind the second place of German Andreas Wirth.

"Like I've said before I love street courses and I'm looking forward to discovering the track in San Jose. We've been consistent and have had a good race car since the beginning of the season on that type of track so I'm confident we can do well once again. With only four races left, it will be important for us to try and stay ahead of Pagenaud this weekend and make up as many points as we can."

Another driver looking for a strong performance is Britain's Ryan Lewis. After crashing out of the race in Edmonton, the 22-year-old would like to pay back his team for all their hard work. This will only be Lewis' second race on a street circuit. He finished third in his first one in Toronto a few weeks ago. In only five races with the team this season, the former F3 driver has two podium finishes and sits fifteenth in the Championship.

"Obviously I've never raced in San Jose before and it is once again a street course, something rather new to me. I learned a lot in Toronto in that kind of race environment and I plan on putting it to good use in San Jose. I must put in a good performance this weekend because last weekend didn't go as well as I wanted it to. The team has worked so hard that they deserve more than what I have given them this season."

Practice begins on Friday, July 28 at 12:15 p.m. and will be followed at 4:15 p.m. by the first round of qualifying. The Atlantic cars will be back on track Saturday at 12:45 p.m. for their second practice session and for the final round of qualifying at 6:45 p.m. The ninth race of the season will get underway at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 30 (all times eastern).

-mjcr-

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Graham Rahal , Ryan Lewis , Andreas Wirth , Simon Pagenaud
Teams Conquest Racing