CONQUEST RACING ROOKIE DRIVERS COMPLETE FIRST IZOD INDYCAR SERIES OVAL RACE Kansas City, KS (May 1, 2010)- Conquest Racing rookies Bertrand Baguette and Mario Romancini completed their first IZOD IndyCar Series oval, finishing Saturday's Road ...
CONQUEST RACING ROOKIE DRIVERS COMPLETE FIRST IZOD INDYCAR SERIES OVAL RACE
Kansas City, KS (May 1, 2010)- Conquest Racing rookies Bertrand Baguette and Mario Romancini completed their first IZOD IndyCar Series oval, finishing Saturday's Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 20th and 22nd respectively.
Baguette, who started 19th, was able to maintain a good pace in his #36 RACB National Team car, and was enjoying his first experience running with the traffic on track. Despite his competitive on track performance, running as high as 17th in the early stages, Baguette was penalized for speeding in pit lane during his first pit stop and was forced to serve a drive through penalty costing him valuable track positions. He eventually finished 20th, four laps behind the leader.
"I am very happy with the pace we had during the race," said Baguette. "Unfortunately I made a few mistakes in the pits. I think that without those mistakes we could have easily finished in the top 15, which would have been a good finish for my first oval and in preparation for the Indianapolis 500 in a few weeks."
Romancini's #34 Conquest Racing crew did not get much sleep Friday night, having to work deep into the early hours of the morning to build the team's spare car after he hit the wall during Friday's only practice session. Romancini made it on grid for the 300-mile race, but without a morning practice session and time to make setup changes, he struggled to find a good balance with his car throughout the race.
Despite experiencing difficulties with his car's handling, Romancini and the crew were able to make changes to the car throughout the event. Romancini brought the car to the checkered flag in 22nd place after starting the race 27th. Romancini continues to be the season's highest ranked rookie, 19th in the standings with 66 points.
"The guys did a good job of building up the car overnight," said Romancini. "Unfortunately we didn't have time before the race to practice and make changes. We tried to tune the car during the race, but it's hard to make significant gains during the race. In the end I just did what I could to bring the car home and get as many laps as I could in preparation for Indianapolis."
With the experience of their first oval race out of the way, both Conquest Racing Rookies will now focus on preparing for next month's 94th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 30. Both drives will be on track at Indianapolis for rookie orientation of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" which begins on Saturday, May 15.
-source: conquest racing