MI-JACK CONQUEST RACING ATLANTIC TEAM SCORES ANOTHER PODIUM FINISH WITH RYAN LEWIS; GRAHAM RAHAL 12th - a seventh consecutive podium for the team - San Jose, California, July 30 2006 -- Mi-Jack Conquest Racing's Ryan Lewis scored his third ...
MI-JACK CONQUEST RACING ATLANTIC TEAM SCORES ANOTHER PODIUM FINISH WITH RYAN LEWIS; GRAHAM RAHAL 12th
- a seventh consecutive podium for the team -
San Jose, California, July 30 2006 -- Mi-Jack Conquest Racing's Ryan Lewis scored his third podium of the season today at the Canary Foundation Grand Prix of San Jose Atlantic Race. With his second place finish he keeps the team's podium streak alive as they now have been on the podium for the last seven races. Starting second, Graham Rahal made contact with the wall in turn six and ended his day in 12th place, but managed to move up to second in the Championship standings, 27 points behind Simon Pagenaud.
The 22-year-old Brit, Ryan Lewis, moved his way up in the opening laps of the race. After six laps he was in third position behind his teammate. At this point it looked like the Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Atlantic Team was on their way to a first double-podium finish but the rear of Rahal's car locked up under braking and he made slight contact with the wall turn six enabling Lewis to move into second, where he remained until the checkered flag was waved.
"The Mi-Jack Conquest Racing team has been good at most races especially with Graham (Rahal) and we always have a very strong car. We never really struggle with the setup. We have such great guys working for us, like Lee Dykstra. I was mainly the one making the mistakes and not getting the results," explained Lewis. "Coming to another street circuit, it's a very similar setup to Toronto. I struggled a bit in qualifying, and made a few mistakes but during the race, my car was a little loose, and I was a bit worried. But, in the end we came out with a good result."
After getting repairs following his incident in turn six, Graham Rahal fell to 15th, one lap down. The young American moved his way up to 12th before the end of the race and was credited with the fastest lap of the race on lap 24 with a time of 55.666. His lap time also set a new track record.
"I went into turn six and just had the rears lock up on me and from there I couldn't get them to unlock and I slid into the wall. There wasn't much I could do. Fortunately, I was able to get back on track and salvage as many points as possible, in doing so I didn't loose that many to Pagenaud and I moved up to second in the championship. With what happened it's the best I could hope for."