MI-JACK CONQUEST RACING CONCLUDES TWO-DAY TEST AT SEBRING INDIANAPOLIS, IN - - MARCH 24, 2005 - - MI-JACK Conquest R acing concluded a two-day test, March 23-24, at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Florida -to fine-tune the set-ups on...
MI-JACK CONQUEST RACING CONCLUDES TWO-DAY TEST AT SEBRING
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - - MARCH 24, 2005 - - MI-JACK Conquest R acing concluded a two-day test, March 23-24, at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Florida -to fine-tune the set-ups on the Lola-Ford # 34 & # 27 cars in preparation for the opening race of the season -- The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 8-10, on the streets of Long Beach, California.
Two-day trouble free test with French driver Nelson Philippe on his second season with the MJCR, teamed with Canadian driver Andrew Ranger on his first season with Champ Car. Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Team is looking forward to contesting its third season in the Champ Car World Series powered by Ford.
Eric Bachelart: "With the new expansion of our team this is the first opportunity to work with everybody together. A primary focus of Mi-Jack/Conquest's off-season upgrading has been our engineering program. In Sebring, we went through all the different development parts and the results have been to the team's satisfaction, this is the first time that the two drivers work together. We had some new people that joined the team and the whole team is working well together. We've been working quite hard on that. It's a very exciting time for MJCR."
"This is our last test before Long Beach. Both drivers performed well. With Nelson we work more on development; we went through a lot of different parts and received a lot of good information.
Andrew has a lot of things to learn to get ready for his first race and I think he has learned a lot and done extremely well. We are well prepared to go to Long Beach, the first of the 14 races on the 2005 Champ Car schedule. So we are ambitious and we believe that Nelson and Andrew will do a good job."
Nelson Philippe (Mi-Jack/Conquest Racing Lola-Ford #34)
"The most important thing for me was to get more acquainted with my engineer Don Bricker. We tried a lot of different things, new things that the guys worked on during the winter. A lot of development was done; we have a lot of things to try. I think we have a strong package for the season but we will see what happens in Long Beach, I don't want to make any conclusions now."
I will continue to work hard on my preparation. Prepare ourselves so we can get to Long Beach with a good package."
Andrew Ranger (Mi-Jack/Conquest Racing Lola-Ford #27)
"I'm really happy to be with Mi-Jack/Conquest Racing I think its fantastic for me, I'm working with my engineer from last year, Dave Faustino and also with Bruce Ashmore. The track is very bumpy and I had a problem with the shifter and I still have pain on my wrist "added Ranger.
"I know the track in Long Beach in which I finished second last year with Atlantic, but now with Champ Car I have a lot more to learn. I practiced a lot of pit stops because this is something new for me. I need to put more speed on the pit. I'm going to the gym and I'll be training hard on my cardio because it is very tough, you have a lot of down force in the car and you come so fast in the corner, you need to downshift pretty hard, turning is pretty heavy, the car is heavy too. I need to go to the gym a little bit more... "
Chris Mower - Team Manager
"The development program that we've been working on all winter is finally taking direction and coming into place and we're very happy with the amount of things that we tried and the cars are now to a point that we are very pleased and we feel that we be able to enter in good position with both drivers in Long Beach. We still have two young drivers but we're very impressed with the performance they have shown and the feedback they have given us during this test. "
Bruce Ashmore -- Technical Director
Commenting on the test Bruce said, "We had a very good test and went through a lot of stuff, we almost frazzled their brain. Now the work really begins, we are going back to the shop and we are going analyze all the data, compare the set ups, which were pretty close towards the end but obviously different. We'll get it so that we come with the car that we're going to start with for both drivers in Long Beach."
Next up for MJCR is the 2005 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series season opening Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 8-10, on the streets of Long Beach, California. The race will be broadcast live on NBC.