CHAMPCAR/CART: Road America: Conquest Racing race report

Conquest Racing's Jan Heylen Has Best Finish of the Season in Sixth Position Jan Heylen ( ...

Conquest Racing's Jan Heylen Has Best Finish of the Season in Sixth Position

Jan Heylen (#34 Grafiprint / Cosworth / DP01 / Bridgestone) finished in sixth position for today's Champ Car Generac Grand Prix at Road America, his third top-ten finish in as many races. His goal today was to make the event into a three pitstop race while setting a quick pace. Throughout the race, Jan was strongly encouraged by both Don Bricker, team engineer, and Chris Mower, team manager, to hit a target fuel consumption which would help him to avoid a fourth pit stop but not lose the fast pace which would keep him from being overtaken.

At the same time as Jan's fuel saving strategy was being played out, Heylen and Tristan Gommendy battled for positions four times throughout the race. In the end, Jan was able to hold him off and finish ahead of the rookie Frenchman. The Conquest Team had excellent pit stops which helped Jan in his chase and fortunately, his fuel saving worked and the supply held out for the race, running out just half a lap past the checkered flag forcing him to be towed back to pit lane. Today's sixth position is the best finish of the Belgian's 2007 season.

Jan Heylen #34 Grafiprint / Cosworth / DP01 / Bridgestone

"Today's sixth place finish better reflects our abilities as a team and where we deserved to be this weekend," said Heylen. "The team did an incredible job with our fuel strategy; Don Bricker, the team engineer, was able to tell me exactly what to do and what was needed so we could end up with the perfect amount of fuel. In the end, we gained three positions overall in the race and were able to pass both of the PKV cars using strategy and fuel. The #34 car is looking good with the new green and white Grafiprint livery and we are excited to be showing it off at the Circuit Zolder in two weeks."

"The entire team seemed to work well today and we seem to have a good, cohesive team that is going to Zolder. This is a great result to have right before the Champ Car Grand Prix of Belgium race; the team will be busy this week preparing for the European swing so it helps to have high spirits prior to our departure. We will be looking to continue our top-six pace for the rest of the season."

Eric Bachelart Quote

"It is very encouraging that we are making good progress with the #34 Grafiprint car every weekend," said Eric Bachelart, Conquest Racing team owner. "The second part of the season is definitely working much better for the team. We are looking forward to going to the Circuit Zolder in two weeks and improve upon our sixth place result when we are there. Jan drove a very good race and has improved his fuel saving since San Jose. The Conquest team had a solid fuel strategy and I'm very proud of how everyone did."

-credit: cr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tristan Gommendy , Jan Heylen
Teams Conquest Racing