Mi-Jack Conquest Racing ready to take on Toronto Ranger looking to extend lead in rookie standings as Philippe is ready to regain form despite injured ankle Indianapolis, IN (6 July 2005) Mi-Jack Conquest Racing will be kicking off a hectic...
Mi-Jack Conquest Racing ready to take on Toronto
Ranger looking to extend lead in rookie standings as Philippe is ready to regain form despite injured ankle
Indianapolis, IN (6 July 2005) Mi-Jack Conquest Racing will be kicking off a hectic month of racing this weekend with the Molson Indy Toronto for round six of the Champ Car World Series, as rookie points leader Andrew Ranger and teammate Nelson Philippe return to action on the streets of Toronto.
Both drivers have experience racing on the 1.755-mile temporary street circuit, as Ranger scored second place in his Toyota Atlantic Rookie of the Year-winning season last year, and Philippe first got familiar with the track during his rookie Barber Dodge Pro Series campaign in 2003.
For the young Canadian Ranger, who has taken three top-tens from five events this season including his record-setting run to second place in just his second Champ Car start, the chance to race in his Mi-Jack Conquest/Tide machine in front of his enthusiastic countryman is something he is relishing, although he knows that he must keep his focus firmly on the track.
"Canadian fans are great supporters of Champ Car racing and I'm very excited about competing for the first time at this level in front of a partisan crowd," said Andrew Ranger. "As with any street circuit, you have to be mindful about being too aggressive, since any little mistake will cost you, but I am confident the Mi-Jack Conquest/Tide team can be among the frontrunner's this weekend. We are in a tight race for rookie-of-the-year honors and in the overall championship, so it's going to be important not to get too caught up with the pressure of racing at home."
The Molson Indy event, staged near Toronto's Exhibition Place, has been a highlight on the Champ Car schedule for twenty years with a passionate crowd and a weekend full of activities as the city is gripped with race fever. For Philippe, who led his first Champ Car in Monterrey earlier this season in his Wellbox/Mi-Jack Conquest Lola, the spirit of the fans is something he looks forward to as he continues to rest his ankle, which he injured in Portland out of the car.
"Toronto is one of my favorite tracks and the event itself is probably the most fun all season," said Nelson Philippe. "I know the team has a good car so our goal is to be up there with the best. My ankle is not fully recovered and still hurts but I have rested it a lot and had rehabilitation treatments. We are always treated well when we go to Toronto so I can't wait to get there!"
The last round race, where Ranger ran very competitively before a poorly-timed yellow flag thwarted his chance at a return to the podium, has the Mi-Jack Conquest team looking to continue its positive momentum through a busy July.
"It's exciting for the team to have Andrew in the lead in the rookie standings, and hopefully Nelson will be strong despite his ankle problem," said co-owner Eric Bachelart. "This track can be a challenging place not just for the drivers, but also for the engineers, but we had a very strong car here last year and our engineering program has continued to improve. We know we will be starting with a strong car and will be working hard through the weekend to be competitive once again in the race."
The race weekend is the first of three for Mi-Jack Conquest Racing this July, as the Champ Car Series will travel across Canada for next weekend's West Edmonton Mall Grand Prix of Edmonton before racing once again out West for the Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San Jose on July 31st.