CHAMPCAR/CART: Cleveland: Conquest Racing Friday report

Cleveland, Ohio (July 2, 2004) 0x2022 Mi-Jack Conquest Racing driver Justin Wilson (No. 34) has scored his first career front-row start for Saturday's Grand Prix of Cleveland. The British driver qualified in second place, behind pole-sitter Paul...

Cleveland, Ohio (July 2, 2004) 0x2022 Mi-Jack Conquest Racing driver Justin Wilson (No. 34) has scored his first career front-row start for Saturday's Grand Prix of Cleveland. The British driver qualified in second place, behind pole-sitter Paul Tracy. The result once again confirms that the rookie driver and the second-year team have quickly risen to become a true contender in the Champ Car World Series. "It is a great feeling when you continue to improve with each race," said Wilson, adding "The team has been able to keep the good momentum going, and I feel we are very close to our first win".

Wilson finished a career-best fifth place at his last race in Portland, after qualifying fourth. On Saturday, he hopes to take advantage of his envious grid position and fight for his first win. "Qualifying well is very important if you want to be a contender in the race. We are now in a very good situation, and if my crew continues to give me good pit-stops, I feel I am definitely in position to score my first win here at Cleveland."

Mi-Jack Conquest Racing's co-owner, Eric Bachelart, was happy with his team's qualifying efforts, but not surprised. "We have been running fast all weekend long. It is great to know we can compete at the same level as some of the more established teams in the Series", said Bachelart. "We have been getting better as the season progresses, and I am thrilled to see how well Justin has responded driving at most of these tracks for the first time. Our engineers have been doing a fantastic job with the set-ups, and the crew is extremely reliable with our pits-stops. With what I have seen so far, I expect great things from Justin and our team tomorrow and throughout the year."

Alex Sperafico (No. 14), meanwhile, continues to struggle with his Reynard. The Brazilian qualified 17th, a disappointing result despite having tried several different set-ups throughout the weekend. "At this point in the season, it is distressing that we cannot seem to run faster", said Sperafico. After failing to finish his first four Champ Car starts, the Brazilian has finished his last two races and looks to make it three in a row on Saturday. "My goal for this race is to improve on my past performances and make this the turnaround point of my season."

Race Info: The Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland is Saturday, June 3, at 5 PM Eastern Time. The race will be broadcast on tape-delay on Spike TV on Sunday, July 4 at 4:00pm ET/PT. It can also be followed live on Race Director, available at www.champcarworldseries.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Paul Tracy , Alex Sperafico
Teams Conquest Racing