CHAMPCAR/CART: Monterrey: Conquest Racing preview

MI-JACK CONQUEST RACING MONTERREY PREVIEW INDIANAPOLIS - MAY 16, 2005: Mi-Jack Conquest Racing drivers, Nelson Philippe and Andrew Ranger, will race on the Tecate/Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix Presented by Roshfrans, May 20-22, at the Fundidora...

MI-JACK CONQUEST RACING MONTERREY PREVIEW

INDIANAPOLIS - MAY 16, 2005: Mi-Jack Conquest Racing drivers, Nelson Philippe and Andrew Ranger, will race on the Tecate/Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix Presented by Roshfrans, May 20-22, at the Fundidora Park road course, Monterrey, Mexico.

* Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Team third season in the Champ Car World Series powered by Ford.

Eric Bachelart -- Team Owner: "MJCR heads to Mexico with confidence after completing some valuable testing in Portland with both cars. Last year in Monterrey, we qualified 3rd so we have a good set-up base. The crews and engineers have been working endless hours and will for sure show the results at the Monterrey Grand Prix. It's a special week for us, as will be announcing a new sponsor for car # 34."

Nelson Philippe -- Driver Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Lola-Ford #34

Nelson approaches the Monterrey race with previous experience on the 2.104-mile permanent road course. This will be Nelson's third start in Monterrey:

* In 2003, in the Barber Dodge Pro Series, Nelson started 11th and finished 5th in his second Barber Dodge start.

* In 2004, in the Champ Car World Series, he gained a remarkable seven positions from his 17th place start to finishing 10th in his second Champ Car career start. Nelson passed many veterans in the field to score his first top-ten finish. Nelson, who is fluent in Spanish having spent several years in Argentina, was impressed by the enthusiastic fans that attended the race and how they made it a special event for three full days.

* In 2005, in the Champ Car World Series with Mi-Jack Conquest Racing - Lola-Ford #34.

Nelson Philippe on Monterrey: "The Parque Fundidora track itself is awesome with its big curbs, chicanes and fast corner, it's a lovely place. Racing in Mexico for me is like racing at home. It has a great atmosphere and everyone has a good time! But, it's also a very challenging race track and setting up the car to perform well requires a delicate balance. We tested in Portland and Milwaukee; and I went to Indianapolis three times -- working a lot with the team to reach our goals. "

Nelson Philippe will arrive in Monterrey on this Wednesday and will participate in the press conference when he joins Champ Car Drivers: Sebastien Bourdais, Mario Dominguez, Oriol Servia and Bruno Junqueira, at the Cintermex Media Center, Salon F, on Thursday, May 19th at 11:45 am.

Andrew Ranger -- Driver Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Lola-Ford #27

This will be Andrew's second start in Monterrey:

* In 2004, in the Toyota Atlantic Championship, Rookie of the Year - Andrew Ranger, qualified 5th, set the fastest time on Sunday morning warm-up and turned the 2.104-mile course in one minute, 25.908 seconds at an average speed of 88.169 miles per hour. Started 5th, had contact on 1st lap accident, DNF

* In 2005, in the Champ Car World Series with Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Lola-Ford #27

Andrew Ranger on Monterrey: "I'm really excited to return to Monterrey and I love the enthusiasm of the Mexican people for their racing. The track is very slippery and you really have to go smooth with the throttle, this time I will be very careful with corner 3 and the big curbs. Physically, it's a very demanding track and it's very hot & humid in Monterrey. I've been training a lot with my personal trainer, I'm in good shape. We tested in Portland & Milwaukee; it was a good opportunity to work with the team and to learn more about the car, since this is my first year with Champ Car and MJCR.."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Oriol Servia , Mario Dominguez , Sébastien Bourdais , Nelson Philippe , Andrew Ranger
Teams Conquest Racing