Mi-Jack Conquest Racing takes seventh and twelfth at Portland Portland, OR (19 June 2005)-- Mi-Jack Conquest Racing drivers Andrew Ranger and Nelson Philippe finished seventh and twelfth in Sunday's G.I. Joe's presents the Champ Car Grand Prix...
Mi-Jack Conquest Racing takes seventh and twelfth at Portland
Portland, OR (19 June 2005)-- Mi-Jack Conquest Racing drivers Andrew Ranger and Nelson Philippe finished seventh and twelfth in Sunday's G.I. Joe's presents the Champ Car Grand Prix at Portland International Raceway. Ranger qualified seventh for the race, and ran in the top five early before recovering from a stall during his first pit stop to finish in seventh. The result moved Ranger into the top ten in the Champ Car championship points standings, as well as tying him for the lead in the Roshfrans Rookie of the Year competition.
Philippe's difficult weekend continued on Sunday, as he hurt his ankle before the race, but he was able to persevere and finished in twelfth, picking up valuable points in the championship battle.
Ranger, who scored the Rookie of the Year honors last season in Toyota Atlantic competition, was glad to get another strong finish on a road course, and hopes to keep his good results going in the next round.
"It was a pretty long race, very physical," said Ranger. "I was fighting all the time. I started 7th and finished 7th - it is good for the points and I was the fastest rookie and that's makes me happy. It was a shame that I stalled on my pit stop and that cost me some time, but I continued to fight to the end. I am looking forward to racing at Cleveland now and I know the team will be strong there again."
Team co-owner Eric Bachelart was pleased with the continued progress of his Canadian rookie and the determination that Philippe showed to finish the race.
"We had a pretty good race, Andrew finished 7th, the best rookie," said Bachelart. "We didn't give him the best car today, but he did a pretty good job. He stalled during the pit stop, which put him a bit behind, but he still come home a good finish. With Nelson, just before the race he hurt his right ankle going over the pit wall. It was a difficult situation for him, specially at the end of the race, but he still finished 12th."
Philippe had a tough weekend after contact in the wet Friday practice session put him behind, and he only got the chance to qualify on Saturday. Philippe is hoping to improve his qualifying result in the next round at Cleveland in two weeks time.
"I tripped before the race, I strained my ankle and that made my race more difficult," said Philippe. "I hope we had a better starting position, it's difficult to pass and it's a very long race. I'm happy that I was able to finish the race and now I have to rest my foot and get ready for Cleveland.
Mi-Jack Conquest Racing qualified on the front row in 2004's Cleveland Grand Prix, and the team is hoping to once again have a strong performance at the airport-based track as the Champ Car World Series begins a hectic summer schedule of races.