Indianapolis, Indiana, August 9, 2006 -- It is with their thoughts going out to Cristiano da Matta that the Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Team will be heading to Denver this weekend for round ten of the Champ Car World Series 2006 season. For the fifth...
Indianapolis, Indiana, August 9, 2006 -- It is with their thoughts going out to Cristiano da Matta that the Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Team will be heading to Denver this weekend for round ten of the Champ Car World Series 2006 season. For the fifth presentation of the Grand Prix of Denver sponsored by Bridgestone, Andrew Ranger will be aboard the #27 Mi-Jack Conquest Racing entry defending his top-five position in the Championship. His teammate, Dutchman Charles Zwolsman, who picked up his first point for leading a race in San Jose, will be in his #34 Lola, carrying momentum from the last event into this weekend's 97 lap race which will be contested on the 1.65-mile temporary street circuit in the vicinity of the Pepsi Center.
Andrew Ranger is back up to fifth in the Championship standings en route to Denver, despite suffering his first DNF of the season due to on-track contact at the last race. Leaving San Jose, Ranger had fallen to sixth, but following Champ Car's decision to take away seven points from Paul Tracy, because of on- and off-track events in San Jose, he has moved back up one position. In the last three races, the young Canadian has qualified in the top-eight and has finished in the top-ten twice. Last season in Denver, Ranger overcame all sorts of difficulties -- black flag and slight contact at the start -- to finish tenth.
"First of all, I want to say that my thoughts are with Cristiano (da Matta) and his family, I wish him a quick and full recovery," expressed Ranger. "As for Denver, I think it is a great city to go to. My race there last year didn't go as planned and I would like to make up for it this year with a good performance. Ending the weekend on a high note would be fantastic, especially with the next race taking place in Montreal."
Charles Zwolsman, who sits fourth in the Rookie of the year standings with 90 points, will be competing for only the second time in Denver, his first experience at this street course was last season in an Atlantic car where he finished third. The 27-year-old Dutchman is coming off three straight top-ten finishes and is looking for some "excitement" on the streets of Denver.
"The Atlantic race in Denver last year was pretty exciting, there was a lot of overtaking and I hope that the Champ Car race this year will be the same! I really like the track, I think it's great," said Zwolsman. "The team has been doing a great job and we're on a good streak of top-ten finishes so we want to keep that momentum going throughout the weekend in Denver. I would also like to wish Cristiano (da Matta) and his family a lot of strength and I hope that he gets back as soon as possible because he puts a smile on everybody's face when he is around."
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