CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto: Conquest Racing race report

Mi-Jack Conquest Racing's driver Justin Wilson (No. 34) finished 12th at the Grand Prix of Toronto on Sunday, July 11th. The British driver was running in second place when, then third-place driver Canadian Paul Tracy, attempted a difficult...

Mi-Jack Conquest Racing's driver Justin Wilson (No. 34) finished 12th at the Grand Prix of Toronto on Sunday, July 11th. The British driver was running in second place when, then third-place driver Canadian Paul Tracy, attempted a difficult passing move, hit and spun Wilson, sending him to the back of the field. The accident caused a flat tire on Wilson's Lola, resulting on him losing two laps before he could get the problem fixed. The British driver managed to stay in the race and finish in 12th place. "What can I say? I am obviously disappointed. The Mi-Jack Conquest Racing team did agreat job! The car was fantastic, and my crew gave me very goodpit-stops, allowing us to overtake Paul (Tracy). On the re-start, hetried to pass me with a very aggressive move, pushing me against the wall. There wasnowhere for me to go, and he kepthitting me until I spun. It is frustrating when you are so competitive and have your race ruined like that. At least I was able to stay in the race and collecta few championship points", lamented Wilson.

As for Mi-Jack Conquest Racing's second driver, Alex Sperafico (No. 14), he finished a career-high 10th place. The Brazilian's strategy was to run a mistake-free race, hoping to avoid the accidents which are customary at this track. "We managed to gain a few positions at the start and maintain our strategy of running a clean race. A lot of the drivers opted to take chances, which caused a lot of accidents. My car was good, and throughout the weekend I truly felt we could get a top-10 finish today, which we did", said a pleased Sperafico.

The team's co-owner, Eric Bachelart, was dejected by the outcome of Wilson's race. "We were the fastest car in the field when we got taken out by Paul (Tracy). The car was very good all weekend, and we were capable of a tremendous finish", he said. "I hope Champ Car takes action regarding this matter, or else drivers will start driving even more recklessly in future races." As for Sperafico, the owner hopes the upward trend will continue. "Alex stuck to team's strategy today, and it paid-off. From now on, I would like to see him get more aggressive and consistently place in the top-10", Bachelart said.

The next round of the Champ Car World Series is on July 23-25 in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Alex Sperafico
Teams Conquest Racing