CHAMPCAR/CART: Mexico City: Conquest Racing preview

Mi-Jack Conquest Racing looking for strong season finish in Mexico Indianapolis, IN (3 November 04)--Mi-Jack Conquest Racing drivers Nelson Philippe and Justin Wilson are looking for a strong finish to the season in the final round of the Champ...

Mi-Jack Conquest Racing looking for strong season finish in Mexico

Indianapolis, IN (3 November 04)--Mi-Jack Conquest Racing drivers Nelson Philippe and Justin Wilson are looking for a strong finish to the season in the final round of the Champ Car World Series powered by Ford this weekend in Mexico City, Mexico. The Mi-Jack Conquest Racing team has some positive momentum heading into the final round after the rookie pairing both scored top-ten finishes on the high speed banking of the Las Vegas Speedway, and followed that up with another double top-ten on the temporary street circuit in Surfers Paradise, Australia in the penultimate round of the 2004 championship.

The Mi-Jack Conquest Racing team raced on the 2.786-mile Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit last season, and scored a front row start and top-six finish last year with driver Tiago Monteiro, who ran with Team FDR which operated under the Mi-Jack Conquest Racing umbrella during the 2003 season.

Wilson, who served notice to the Champ Car community by finishing sixth in his debut race at Long Beach and backing that effort up by qualifying third and finishing sixth in the series first visit to Mexico earlier this season, has amassed seven top-eight finishes so far this season and is hungry to improve upon his season best finish of fifth in Portland.

"Mexico City should be a good event for us," said Wilson. "We have been in good form the last few races, although I don't think the results have fully showed that, so hopefully we can get a good result in Mexico to close out the season. It looks to be a very high-speed track, so as I driver I am looking forward to getting familiar with the circuit and having a competitive weekend."

Philippe, who speaks fluent Spanish in addition to his native French and excellent English, is looking forward to the Mexico City event, as he enjoys the atmosphere surrounding the Mexican events. Philippe first raced in Mexico in 2003, taking fifth place in the Barber Dodge Pro Series event in Monterrey, an impressive result given that it was only his second car race ever.

"Mexico is like a second home for me, I love going down there to race," said Philippe. "I am leaving early for Mexico City so I can adjust to the altitude, and so I can catch up with my friends down there before the race."

The Mexico City race will mark Philippe's twenty-first race in a car since stepping up from karts, and the talented young racer will be looking to score his fifth top-ten finish of the Champ Car season.

The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez track is new to Philippe, but he has been doing his homework to prepare, watching races from seasons past, and reviewing in-car camera footage.

"The track is very fast, and it looks like a lot of fun" said Philippe. "This race weekend is a culmination of what we have been working toward this all season, and hopefully we can qualify well and get a strong result to end out the season."

"The last race of the season is always very special," said Mi-Jack Conquest Racing team owner Eric Bachelart. "We were quick there last year, and I believe that we can be even better this weekend. Nelson and Justin both had very good races in Australia, and while their finishing results didn't show how quick they were, it was another positive race for the team, and we want to continue with that feeling and have a strong result in Mexico."

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.


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mario Haberfeld , Justin Wilson , Felipe Giaffone , Christophe Tinseau , Laurent Redon , Tiago Monteiro , Kristian Kolby
Teams Conquest Racing