A FIFTH FRONT-ROW START FOR MI-JACK CONQUEST RACING AND GRAHAM RAHAL; RYAN LEWIS TO START EIGHTH San Jose, California, July 29, 2006 -- The Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Atlantic Team showed once again a great team effort today with Rahal and Lewis...
A FIFTH FRONT-ROW START FOR MI-JACK CONQUEST RACING AND GRAHAM RAHAL; RYAN LEWIS TO START EIGHTH
San Jose, California, July 29, 2006 -- The Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Atlantic Team showed once again a great team effort today with Rahal and Lewis qualifying second and eighth. The battle for the pole position was an exciting one as the top spot went from one driver to another in the final minutes of the session. Unable to get in a clear lap, Graham Rahal, who was quickest in the first round of qualifying yesterday, had to settle for second today with a time 55.532 seconds. It is the fifth time this season that the 17-year-old starts on the front row.
Ryan Lewis of Great-Britain was off to a good start but he tapped the wall early in the session and lost some precious track time while his Conquest crew repaired the damage. Lewis was in 16th place when he returned to the track, he moved his way into the top and finished the session with the eighth quickest lap.
2nd -- Graham Rahal #18 Gehl Company
"The track was greasy after the drift cars went out. I felt really comfortable after this morning. Obviously it was quite a shock coming in here this afternoon with the track conditions the way they were, but it is something you need to expect. On new tires it was quite hard to get in a clean lap, I passed one guy on my fast lap and that was the best I could do. There was always someone out there, either backing off or coming out of the pits. For the race tomorrow, the car is good on old tires and I was able to put in consistent times today so that feels very comfortable going into tomorrow.
8th -- Ryan Lewis #30 Insport Sport Management
"I managed to hit the wall twice in that session with my left rear, I did some minor damage but I had to sit about five to ten minutes out of the session while the team did an excellent job of getting the car back together. It put us in a bit of a disadvantage as we couldn't get as many laps in as we would have liked. Then later on, on a decent lap, I tapped the wall again and it scrapped the lap and cost us a few tenths, with the field so close we could have maybe been a little higher on the grid. I think we are in a good position for the race, the car is good and with standing starts I think I will be able to jump a few people at the start and hang on."