ROCKETSPORTS RACING HEADS NORTH FOR BACK-TO-BACK RACING STARTING IN TORONTO EAST LANSING, Mich. (July 5, 2005) Toronto is the first of three races in Canada on the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford 2005 schedule...
ROCKETSPORTS RACING HEADS NORTH FOR BACK-TO-BACK RACING STARTING IN TORONTO
EAST LANSING, Mich. (July 5, 2005) Toronto is the first of three races in Canada on the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford 2005 schedule and is the second street course that the Rocketsports Racing team will challenge thus far this season.
The first street course venue was hosted in Long Beach for the season opener. Rookie Timo Glock made his Champ Car debut on the streets of Long Beach as the best starting and finishing rookie. His series debut continues to be his best event starting and finishing sixth.
Obviously, the German is excited to get back to racing on the streets and obtaining the results he is longing for. Despite four top-ten finishes in only five races, the rookie was bumped out of the top-ten in the championship standings, demonstrating the depth of talent in the 2005 Champ Car field. Currently second in the Rookie-of-the-Year standings after giving up his four-race lead in Cleveland, Glock trails Andrew Ranger by only four points.
Bad luck and timing has been playing a major role in the results for the Rocketsports Racing team. The East Lansing-based team has proven to being a race winner and is optimistic that things will turn around for the better in Toronto.
Ryan Hunter-Reay has experienced most of that misfortune, only finishing in the top-ten once this season. The American heads north of the border in search for not only a good result, but also a win this season. Having won in his rookie and sophomore season, the third-year Champ Car drivers looks to continue the streak by giving Rocketsports their second win in open-wheel racing.
Timo Glock #8 DHL Global Mail/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"Toronto will be the same as every track in terms of I have to first learn the track before moving forward with the car set-up. It looks like a really nice track that is interesting for the driver to compete on. After Cleveland, where our performance was not bad, I think that we are well prepared for Toronto. I hope that we can finish the race in the top five and find a way to loose our bad luck that we have had in the last couple of weekends. I look forward to returning to a street course and anticipate a good result because I did so well at Long Beach starting and finishing sixth. I hope to improve those positions and finish on the podium Sunday."
Ryan Hunter-Reay #31 Cytomax Sport Drink/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"This is our first stop on the Canadian leg of the Champ Car World Series. Toronto is always a fun, well-organized event, with huge, enthusiastic crowds. I won here in a Barber Dodge Pro Series car a few years ago and I was in the running for a podium finish last year, but got hit hard with only a lap to go. I anticipate a good race weekend, as we made some good changes before the race in Cleveland that were very positive. Unfortunately, we were unable to see just how significant those changes were because my race ended during the first lap. So I am confident we will have a good car this weekend. All in all this is a great weekend for all involved and I hope we can get a good result this time around."