Skerlong Set for Street Racing Return in Toronto Mukilteo, Washington (July 05, 2007) -- Having scored points in all but the season opener of the 2007 Cooper Tires Presents The Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda, American rookie...
Skerlong Set for Street Racing Return in Toronto
Mukilteo, Washington (July 05, 2007) -- Having scored points in all but the season opener of the 2007 Cooper Tires Presents The Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda, American rookie Carl Skerlong will be out to add to that tally in Round 8 of the 12 race series on the streets of Toronto, Canada this weekend, Friday 6th -- Sunday 8th July.
Currently placed ninth overall in the Driver Standings, Skerlong, driver of the #24 King Taco/US RaceTronics Swift Mazda-Cosworth, will be out to improve his Canadian fortunes after a frustrating outing at Circuit Mont-Tremblant last Sunday, the first stop on a four-race tour north of the border for the Champ Car World Series official feeder category.
Contact early in Round 7 last weekend forced Carl back to the pits for a new nose cone, dropping the 18-year-old from Seattle to last on-track although he remained on the lead lap. A spirited drive from the reigning Formula TR Pro Series 2000 Champion was rewarded with the bonus point for setting fastest lap of the race but a finish of 19th at the flag was far from expected at the start of the weekend at the picturesque 2.65-mile Quebec road course.
Heading south to Toronto for Round 8, the challenging 1.755-mile city circuit awaits but Skerlong, despite his rookie status, has already proved himself up to the challenge of competing on temporary street tracks having run back-to-back races in Las Vegas, Long Beach and Houston to kick start his 2007 Atlantic campaign in April. A newcomer to street racing and all three temporary circuits, Skerlong hustled his 300bhp Atlantic entry to two top-ten finishes in Long Beach and Houston, the Texas track hosting Carl's first podium appearance in just his third series start courtesy of a second place finish behind race winner and current series leader, Brazil's Raphael Matos.
With the tight confines of street racing placing even greater emphasis on Friday and Saturday's qualifying sessions, Carl hopes that the momentum from his Mont-Tremblant pace will follow him off the back of the trailer on Friday morning. With three top-ten qualifying efforts to his credit already this year, including a season's best fourth place in Houston, Skerlong's focus is set firmly on cracking the top-ten for the first time since Round 4 in Portland last month.
"We haven't quite had the consistency in qualifying that I'd hoped for," stated Carl ahead of his Toronto debut. "We know we're capable of placing ourselves comfortably in the top-ten but it just hasn't happened over the past few races and that's something I'm keen to rectify this weekend. The King Taco car was incredibly fast last time out and all being well we'll maintain our Tremblant pace and convert it into a strong qualifying slot and a decent race finish on Sunday morning. I'm looking forward to a return to street racing and seeing what we can achieve here in Toronto."
Toronto's Round 8 street battle starts at 10am EST on Sunday 8th July. The 50-minute race will be broadcast on ESPN2 on Wednesday 11th July starting at 5pm EST.