Montreal is closest thing to home race for Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Indianapolis, IN (23 August 2005) Mi-Jack Conquest Racing has high hopes for a sort of homecoming this weekend, as the team prepares to race North of the border in the Molson...
Montreal is closest thing to home race for Mi-Jack Conquest Racing
Indianapolis, IN (23 August 2005) Mi-Jack Conquest Racing has high hopes for a sort of homecoming this weekend, as the team prepares to race North of the border in the Molson Indy Montreal for round ten of the 2005 Champ Car World Series. Quebec native Andrew Ranger grew up close by, and his French teammate Nelson Philippe is also a big fan of the Montreal race weekend.
Racing in front of his home crowd isn't the only reason Ranger is looking forward to the weekend, as he has a strong record on the track, scoring a victory the first time he raced there and backing that up last year with a strong top-five result in his Rookie of the Year-winning Toyota Atlantic Championship season.
"As you can imagine, I've had this race circled on my calendar from the moment I joined Mi-Jack Conquest Racing," said Ranger. "Coming back to race in Montreal as a driver in the Champ Car World Series is an incredible feeling. Winning here in 2003 certainly counts among the most memorable moments of my open-wheel career. There is always a little bit more pressure competing in your hometown, in front of your family, friends and sponsors, but I believe I can channel all that positive energy and use it to my advantage."
The rookie, who carries the famous number 27 on his Tide/Mi-Jack Conquest Racing machine, wants his run on the famed Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve to launch him towards a strong finish to the season.
"With five events left, we are focused on the task at hand, which is to collect as many points as possible in the hopes of winning the Rookie-of-the-Year title and finishing in the top-10 in the overall standings," said Ranger.
Second-year Champ Car pilot Philippe has been on a hot streak of late, although his results haven't fully reflected the speed that the young Frenchman has shown this summer, and he is hoping to post a strong result this weekend. The race is the third visit to the famed circuit for Philippe, who scored a fourth place finish in the Barber Dodge Pro Series in 2003 before making the move up to Champ Car in 2004.
"Montreal is a great place to race for many reasons--the fans are great, and of course it's an amazing track layout," said Philippe. "Racing in Andrew's hometown where everybody speaks French is the closest thing to a home race for me. I am very motivated to do well in this race because after chasing two top 5 results in the past two races, I am very hungry to actually finish there. The team continues to be motivated and we will get there."
Team co-owner Eric Bachelart has guided his two young charges through the season, and despite the strong Denver result, he is looking for even more out of Ranger and Philippe this weekend in what should be another highly-successful Canadian Champ Car event.
"It was good that we had both cars finish in the top ten in Denver, but we were looking for more," said Mi-Jack Conquest Racing co-owner Eric Bachelart. "Nelson has continued to step things up during the race weekend, and of course it will be a pleasure to be racing in Andrew's home town. We are looking for him to get back on track with some strong finishes in order to get back into the rookie battle, and he has a good record here, so hopefully we can produce two good results this weekend."