CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland: Conquest Racing Saturday report

Heylen Will Start In the Sixth Row for Sunday's Grand Prix of Portland Jan Heylen was able to produce to a 12th place start after two days of qualifying Indianapolis, IN, June 9, 2007 -- Due to rain which slowed the entire field's times in ...

Heylen Will Start In the Sixth Row for Sunday's Grand Prix of Portland
Jan Heylen was able to produce to a 12th place start after two days of qualifying

Indianapolis, IN, June 9, 2007 -- Due to rain which slowed the entire field's times in today's final qualifying, Jan Heylen's Friday lap time will earn him a sixth row start for tomorrow's race. In his final qualifying session at the Mazda Grand Prix of Portland Presented by Joe's Sports and Outdoor, Heylen (#34 Champ Car Grand Prix of Belgium / Cosworth / DP01 / Bridgestone) finished 14th in the session with a fast lap time of 73.745 at a speed of 95.876-mph. His provisional qualifying time has given Conquest Racing one of the strongest starts that it has had in the 2007 season.

Jan will start in the sixth row next to Oriol Servia at Sunday's race when the green flag drops on the fourth round of the 2007 Champ Car World Series. Tomorrow also marks the inaugural race for the new standing starts that Champ Car has implemented this year and has been eagerly anticipated.

"Our times yesterday were good and since the forecast looks dry for the event I think we'll be very competitive," said Heylen. "We didn't quite find the balance that we wanted here in the rain during today's qualifying but I'm not worried and the car feels ready to race. Every time I am in the car, I'm gaining more experience and I look forward to getting a complete race weekend under my belt."

"We did have some rain for today's final qualifying but I think that along with our strong performance yesterday we are ready for the race," said Eric Bachelart, Conquest Team Owner. "Jan has been consistently improving and the team has been working hard to give him a good car. We are very happy with our sixth row start and we feel that Conquest will continue to get more and more competitive as we progress."

-credit: cr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Oriol Servia , Jan Heylen
Teams Conquest Racing