Conquest Racing Atlantic Team Ready for Second Stop in Canada Ricci and Lee also preparing to race back on the streets Conquest Racing's Atlantic team of Giacomo Ricci ( ...
Conquest Racing Atlantic Team Ready for Second Stop in Canada
Ricci and Lee also preparing to race back on the streets
Conquest Racing's Atlantic team of Giacomo Ricci (#18 Banca Italease / Lotto / Global / Mazda-Cosworth) and Matt Lee (#44 Integrated Structures / Mazda-Cosworth) are ready for the streets of Toronto in the eighth round of the 2007 Champ Car Atlantic Championships.
Rookie Experience -- This will be the first time that either Lee or Ricci have had the opportunity to race on the streets of Toronto. Both drivers have been getting a lot of experience with street courses since seven of the rounds will be held on the streets.
Atlantic Championship Points -- With his sixth place finish in Mont Tremblant last weekend, Giacomo Ricci has moved up to sixth place in the championship points race. Additionally, he has moved into the top three in the Rookie of the Year competition.
Language of Racing -- Giacomo Ricci, a native of Milan, Italy, has had to learn English in the midst of competing in the Atlantic Championship series. He has been working with the team engineers and driver coach, Barry Waddell to ensure proper communication throughout their races.
Conquest's Record -- In 2006, Conquest Racing achieved their fifth consecutive podium finish with rookie Ryan Lewis finishing in third at the Grand Prix of Toronto. Teammate Graham Rahal had the pole position going into Sunday's race but contact in the first lap with Raphael Matos damaged his right rear suspension, ended his race. After starting 14th on the grid, Lewis also picked up the most improved championship point in Toronto as well.
Giacomo Ricci #18 Banca Italease / Lotto / Global / Mazda-Cosworth
"Except for the unfortunate fuel pickup problem during the last lap, we had a good race last week," said Ricci. "I'm looking forward to using that momentum to have an even better weekend on the streets of Toronto. I am still learning a lot about street courses because I haven't had as much experience on them but the car is really running well and I think that we are ready for a podium finish this weekend."
Matt Lee #44 Integrated Structures / Mazda - Cosworth
"I'm looking forward to getting back on to a street course this weekend," said Lee. "After Mont Tremblant, the first race of the Canadian swing, I feel prepared to go on to Toronto and improve my speed and position in the championship. We haven't been on a street course since Houston and I think that it will be important for me to go out and get a strong qualifying time in order to have a strong race."