CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto: Conquest Racing preview

After a string of disappointing finishes, Jan Heylen ( ...

After a string of disappointing finishes, Jan Heylen (#34 Champ Car Grand Prix of Belgium / Cosworth / DP01 / Bridgestone) is striving for better results starting with this weekend's Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto on Sunday, July 8th.

Heylen's Return to Toronto - This will be Jan Heylen's second visit to the streets of Toronto. In the 2006 Toronto event, driving for Dale Coyne Racing, Jan was forced to retire early due to a broken rear axle. Additionally, earlier on track contact with Legge and a misfire in the engine had caused the Belgian to drop down several laps from the pace. After last weekend's contact with the wall in Mont Tremblant, Heylen is looking to have a better result on the streets of Toronto.

When Jan is Not Behind the Wheel -- Being a Champ Car driver isn't Heylen's only passion when he visits Canada, Jan enjoys taking his bike and cycling through the beautiful mountain scenery. Cycling is an integral part of Jan's training program that keeps him in shape to drive a race car. Jan will participate in a 'Bikes for Tykes' promotion at the Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto on Wednesday for Bloorview Kids Rehab as well as a Tour de Road America to support the Lance Armstrong Foundation in August.

Toronto Has Been Good for Conquest -- At the 2006 event, Conquest Racing had both drivers finish in the top ten. Rookie Charles Zwolsman finished ninth in the event while Canadian teammate Andrew Ranger finished tenth.

Jan Heylen Quote

"I really enjoy the Grand Prix of Toronto street course circuit, it is amazing to have it right in the heart of the city," said Heylen. "Last year I had contact early in the race with Katherine causing a yellow flag and later was forced to retire with a technical problem. Because of this, I wasn't able to finish the event however this time I'm looking forward to a better outcome. Everyone on the Conquest Team has been working really hard and every time we go on track, the car is running better. I'd really like to have a strong result this weekend for these guys and have all of the team's hard work start to pay off."

Champ Car Canadian Triple Crown

Toronto is the second leg of the Champ Car Canadian Triple Crown which will pit teams against each other over the three successive Canadian races. The competition began in Mont Tremblant on July 1st and will conclude in Edmonton on July 22nd. Standings in the Triple Crown will be based upon a combined average finish for each team.

-credit: conquestracing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Andrew Ranger , Jan Heylen , Charles Zwolsman , Dale Coyne
Teams Conquest Racing , Dale Coyne Racing