Conquest Racing's Jan Heylen Garners Top Six Finish in Saturday's Final Qualifying Session He will start ninth for Sunday's Champ Car Generac Grand Prix at Road America In today's final qualifying session, the challenging Road America road...
Conquest Racing's Jan Heylen Garners Top Six Finish in Saturday's Final Qualifying Session
He will start ninth for Sunday's Champ Car Generac Grand Prix at Road America
In today's final qualifying session, the challenging Road America road course kept almost half of the field from improving their times over yesterday's provisional qualifying session. Jan Heylen (#34 Grafiprint Digital Printing Materials / Cosworth / DP01 / Bridgestone) was able to better his lap time over yesterday's qualifying and posted a top-six effort in his final lap of the session. He started the qualifying session with a brand new set of alternative Bridgestone red tires and opted for the standard compound black Bridgestone tires for his second set of qualifying laps on which he ultimately turned his fastest lap. Given the combined qualifying results, Jan will be starting in ninth position for Sunday's race with a the goal of moving up through the field and having a strong top six finish for the Conquest Racing team.
Jan Heylen #34 Grafiprint Digital Printing Materials / Cosworth / DP01 / Bridgestone
"After yesterday's provisional session, we are definitely happy with our better results today," said Heylen. "This was a good session for us; the guys did a great job last night preparing a strong car for today's final qualifying. We had a good warm up and a top ten practice this morning in which we were able to prepare for the afternoon qualifying session. Today's sixth place finish is more on par with where we should be within the field and while we had a faster session today, the combined results give us a starting position of ninth for Sunday's event. It is always good for us to be starting in the top ten and we look forward to capitalizing on our qualifying results to have a great race tomorrow."
Eric Bachelart, Conquest Racing Team Owner Quote
"We made a lot of progress since yesterday with the balance of the car," said Eric Bachelart, Conquest Racing Team Owner. "As it turns out we didn't need to use both sets of our alternative 'red' Bridgestone tires, we used one of the alternative 'reds' and one of the standard black sets during the session which worked well for us. Jan is happy with the car and we feel that we have a car that is competitive with the field which means that we'll be able to race and look at alternative strategies if necessary. We're looking forward to a good race, it is a tight grid from second through 13th position and we're planning on some good competition with the cars in front of us."
The green flag drops on the Champ Car Generac Grand Prix at Road America on Sunday, August 12th at 3:00 p.m. EST. The race will be broadcast live on ABC beginning at 3:00 p.m. EST.