Justin Wilson qualifies an impressive 4th; Sperafico 17th Portland, Oregon (June 19, 2004) -- Mi-Jack Conquest Racing driver Justin Wilson has qualified an impressive 4th for Sunday's Grand Prix of Portland. The result validates the good ...
Justin Wilson qualifies an impressive 4th; Sperafico 17th
Portland, Oregon (June 19, 2004) -- Mi-Jack Conquest Racing driver Justin Wilson has qualified an impressive 4th for Sunday's Grand Prix of Portland. The result validates the good results the British driver has been having, especially the third position on the grid he had at the Monterrey Grand Prix in May. "After running a Reynard chassis at Milwaukee, it is great to be back in a Lola," said Wilson, adding "We were having a challenging weekend until today, but my crew worked hard and made great improvements to my car". Wilson finished a disappointing eleventh during the first qualifying session on Friday, but was able to get back to his good form of the beginning of the season. "We know we belong in the front of the field, so this result is not exactly surprising. Nevertheless, it feels great to be fast again."
Alex Sperafico, meanwhile, continues to struggle with his Reynard. The Brazilian qualified 17th, a disappointing result considering he was seeing improvement in his car's handling after the first qualifying session. "I was encouraged with the car's handling and balance yesterday, but the adjustments we made since then seem to have backfired on us", said Sperafico. The driver, however, has seen improvement since the beginning of the season, and feels he will soon find the right adjustment for his Reynard. "After finishing my first ever Champ Car race in Milwaukee, I have gained much more confidence, and hope to continue that upward trend here in Portland."
Mi-Jack Conquest Racing's owner, Eric Bachelart, was very pleased with Justin Wilson's qualifying. "We had a tough weekend in Milwaukee running a Reynard chassis, and expected to pick up right where we left off in Monterrey with the Lola. Yesterday's qualifying session had me a bit worried, but the crew was able to make the right adjustments, and I feel we are now back on track", said Bachelart. As for Sperafico, MJCR's owner expects to see better results in the near future. "Alex has had a few races to get acclimated to the car and the series. Now I'd like to see him push a bit harder and become more competitive", said Bachelart.
The second-year owner is still looking for his first podium finish, but can sense it may soon be coming. "We have finished just off the top-three a few times since last year, and a podium finish at Portland would be the ideal way to wrap up a weekend of a lot of hard work for us", concluded Bachelart.