CHAMPCAR/CART: Milwaukee: Conquest Racing qualifying report

Mi-Jack Conquest Racing takes 12th and 13th on Milwaukee Grid West Allis, WI (3 June 2005)-- Mi-Jack Conquest Racing drivers Nelson Philippe and Andrew Ranger will start Saturday's Time Warner Cable Road Runner 225 presented by US Bank from ...

Mi-Jack Conquest Racing takes 12th and 13th on Milwaukee Grid

West Allis, WI (3 June 2005)-- Mi-Jack Conquest Racing drivers Nelson Philippe and Andrew Ranger will start Saturday's Time Warner Cable Road Runner 225 presented by US Bank from twelfth and thirteenth on the grid after both young drivers set times that were less than one second from the pole sitters best.

Philippe, who led more laps than any other driver in round two before contact from another car ended his day prematurely, is making his second start at the Milwaukee track.

While the young Frenchman knows that ovals are their own art, he was pleased with the progress that the team made during the day. Philippe has shown strength on the ovals in his young career, as he took his first top-ten Champ Car finish on an oval last season, scoring a strong ninth place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last September with Mi-Jack Conquest Racing.

"It was a pretty good day, some up and downs and at the end it was good day," said Philippe. "I was able to show the team that even though we had a little incident this morning, I was able to post a good time. On my last lap, we had a little issue with the engine, not that it will had change much my 12th position, but it is good to know that we are a bit faster than earlier."

The race weekend is the first Champ Car oval start for Canadian ace Andrew Ranger, who distinguished himself in round two by becoming the youngest ever driver to stand on a Champ Car podium after taking second place in Monterrey, Mexico. Ranger raced at the Mile last year during his Rookie of the Year Toyota Atlantics effort, taking third at the finish in just his third Atlantics race. Ranger had hoped for more in Friday's qualifying session, but knows that he still has a lot of opportunity to move up during Saturday's race.

"I'm a bit disappointed with qualifying," said Ranger. "The car was good this morning, but on qualifying it was difficult on turn 3, I lost time right there. I have to work with my engineers tonight. Tomorrow it will be a long race, 225 laps, 2 hours, 3 pit stops. It's my first oval with Champ-Car, tomorrow anything can happen, you never know...."

Saturday's race will be broadcast LIVE on CBS beginning at 1:00 PM EST.

-mjcr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Andrew Ranger
Teams Conquest Racing