Edmonton, Alberta (July 25, 2010) - It wasn't quite the position he was hoping for but Conquest Racing's Bertrand Baguette picked up his best result of the season today at the Honda Indy Edmonton, while teammate Mario Romancini retired due to ...
Edmonton, Alberta (July 25, 2010) - It wasn't quite the position he was hoping for but Conquest Racing's Bertrand Baguette picked up his best result of the season today at the Honda Indy Edmonton, while teammate Mario Romancini retired due to contact.
The 95-lap event started out well for both Conquest Racing drivers who were making their debut on the 1.96-mile temporary street circuit at City Centre Airport.
Romancini and Baguette picked up a few positions in the opening stages of the race but after about 15 laps the entire field fell into a pace in which passing was scarce. Following the first round of pit stops, Romancini was sitting in 16th with Baguette in 17th.
With both drivers finding their rhythm and running good lap times, while picking up valuable experience, things were looking good for the Conquest Racing rookies. But then the racing action picked up throughout the field and bad luck hit one side of the team once again.
On a lap 54 restart, Romancini got caught up in an on-track incident when, with nowhere to go, he made contact with the spinning car of Alex Tagliani. The damage suffered to his #34 Conquest Racing machine put an end to his race and placed him 24th on the final scoring sheet.
Fortunately, Baguette, who was behind Romancini before the incident, was able to avoid the melee and gain some positions, getting as high as 12th, where he remained until his final pit stop.
Although, the Belgian driver lost a few places once the final pit stops had cycled through, he came back to cross the finish line in 14th.
Conquest Racing will next be on track at the Honda Indy 200 presented by Westfield Insurance at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, August 7 - 8, 2010.
Conquest Racing Quoteboard:
14th - Bertrand Baguette, #36 Ice-Watch Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"I think we had a consistent race today. At the beginning of my first stint I was able to gain some positions but then I got stuck in some traffic so I worked on saving fuel. I had a good run later on with the Black Firestone tires, I had a good balance on my car and I was able to keep up with Tony Kanaan when I ended up behind him in the second part of the race. I think that was a good reference for us but unfortunately I couldn't improve my track position. Overall, I'm happy with my race in Edmonton, it was a good weekend and now I'm looking forward to our next one in Mid Ohio."
24th - Mario Romancini, #34 Conquest Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"I'm very disappointed with the outcome of the race. We had a good pace once again but unfortunately I had some bad luck that made this the third race in a row that I couldn't finish. In Toronto someone took me out and here I got involved in an accident that I couldn't avoid with Tagliani spinning in front of me. I was really hoping for a good result this weekend but it wasn't to be. Had it not been for that incident, I think we could have had a great weekend."
-source: conquest racing