CHAMPCAR/CART: Vancouver: Conquest Racing preview

Indianapolis, July 20, 2004 -- Mi-Jack Conquest Racing heads to Vancouver this weekend hoping for good fortune at Sunday's Molson Indy Vancouver Grand Prix. The team comes off a great weekend in Toronto which ended on a sour note for Justin Wilson...

Indianapolis, July 20, 2004 -- Mi-Jack Conquest Racing heads to Vancouver this weekend hoping for good fortune at Sunday's Molson Indy Vancouver Grand Prix. The team comes off a great weekend in Toronto which ended on a sour note for Justin Wilson and his No. 34 car. Wilson was in second place midway through the race, when a hard-charging Paul Tracy knocked him out of contention, sending him to the back of the field. Wilson managed to finish in 12th place. Alex Sperafico (No. 14) had better luck in Toronto, scoring a career-best result (10th) and looks forward to improving even further in Vancouver.

Team Owner Eric Bachelart hopes the third time will be the charm, since Wilson was in contention for a podium finish in his last two races, only to see his chances ruined by accidents. "We have caught some tough breaks in the last couple of races. Nevertheless, the team has shown that it can compete with any of the top teams in the series. From now on, we need to be patient and try to make our way back to the top of the point standings, which is where we belong" he said. Despite his poor results in Cleveland and Toronto, the British driver is still tied for the lead of the Rookie of the Year Award with American A.J. Allmendinger.

As for Sperafico, Bachelart expects the Brazilian driver to continue improving on his results. "Alex has shown durability, but I would still like to see him be more aggressive on the track", said the owner.

Despite his misfortunes in Cleveland and Toronto, Wilson is optimistic about his chances in Vancouver. "We have been getting faster with each race, and I know a podium finish is within our reach. Our last two races are by no means any indication of what our season has been like so far. In Vancouver, I just need to continue qualifying well and try to avoid trouble during the race", he said.

Sperafico also feels good about his chances in Vancouver. "I had my best finish ever in Toronto, and have been improving my results since the beginning of the season. We just need to continue our good phase and finish in the top-10 again in Vancouver", said the Brazilian rookie.

Race Info: The Champ Car Grand Prix of Toronto is Sunday, July 25, at 4:00pm ET. The race will be broadcast on Spike TV on Sunday, July 25, at 4:00pm ET/PT. The race, as well as qualifying on Saturday (5:05pm ET) can also be followed live on Race Director, available at www.champcarworldseries.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Paul Tracy , A.J. Allmendinger , Alex Sperafico
Teams Conquest Racing