Mi-Jack Conquest Racing drivers take 4th and 14th on provisional grid Mexico City, Mexico (5 November 2004)--Mi-Jack Conquest Racing driver Justin Wilson got off to a quick start to the weekend, qualifying fourth in the Friday qualifying session...
Mi-Jack Conquest Racing drivers take 4th and 14th on provisional grid
Mexico City, Mexico (5 November 2004)--Mi-Jack Conquest Racing driver Justin Wilson got off to a quick start to the weekend, qualifying fourth in the Friday qualifying session with a best lap time of 1:27.870 seconds, as teammate Nelson Philippe made the most of some fast laps late in the thirty-five minute session to take fourteenth on the provisional grid with a best lap time of 1:29.059 seconds.
Wilson and Philippe come into the final race of the Champ Car World Series powered by Ford season with some positive momentum after scoring two consecutive top-ten finishes in the last two races, and will be looking to improve their positions in Saturday's final qualifying session in advance of Sunday's Gran Premio Telmex-Tecate at the Autodromo Herranos Rodriguez circuit.
Both Wilson and Philippe made use of the Bridgestone 'option' tires to maximize their advantage in qualifying.
"I was pleased with the result," said Wilson. "There is no way to tell how much faster the track is going to get tomorrow with more rubber down on the track, but it feels good to be in the right ball park on Friday. We spend a lot of time in the corners here, so the option tires make a big difference so we can carry the momentum all the way through the corners. I am pretty satisfied, but of course we are going to keep working to find more speed and try to improve tomorrow."
Philippe, who has several new team corporate partners on hand this weekend, is hoping to rise to the challenge of the bumpy 2.786-mile circuit.
"We improved a lot during the session over this morning, and improved our best time to be a lot closer to the pole time, but we are not where we want to be yet," said Philippe. "We didn't get to run in the pre-qualifying practice much at all because we had a small problem with the gears, but we got it all sorted out in time for the qualifying. I have had some good results racing in Mexico, so we will go back and study the data, and prepare to improve in the final qualifying tomorrow."
1991 Indy Lights Champion Eric Bachelart started Conquest Racing in 1997 to compete in the Indy Lights series, scoring a podium finish with driver Christophe Tinseau in the team's first season. Conquest Racing competed in the next four seasons in Indy Lights, winning races with Felipe Giaffone and Kristian Kolby. Mike Lanigan, President of Mi-Jack Products, an intermodal Chicago based company became a co-owner in 2002. Mi-Jack Conquest racing contested the 2002 Indy Racing League season with rookie Laurent Redon, netting a podium finish in just the third race of the season and clinched the Rookie of the year award.
Mi-Jack Conquest racing rejoined the Champ Car family in 2003, stepping up to the Champ Car World Series with Brazilian Mario Haberfeld and scoring eleven top-ten finishes despite competing with a Reynard. The team is proud to be contesting its second season in the Champ Car World Series powered by Ford, with rookie drivers Justin Wilson and Nelson Philippe.