Long Beach: Conquest Racing preview

WITH VALUABLE LESSONS FROM BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK, CONQUEST RACING HEADS TO THE STREETS OF LONG BEACH INDIANAPOLIS (April 14, 2010) - After completing the inaugural Grand Prix of Alabama just a few days ago, Conquest Racing drivers Mario ...


INDIANAPOLIS (April 14, 2010) - After completing the inaugural Grand Prix of Alabama just a few days ago, Conquest Racing drivers Mario Romancini and Bertrand Baguette travel to the streets of Long Beach, California, this weekend for the first back-to-back races of the 2010 IZOD Indycar Series schedule. With little time to prepare and travel across Country, the team spent an extra day in Alabama preparing the Conquest cars before loading them on the transporters and sending them on the 2,100 mile journey to Long Beach.

Although the results page from the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama does not tell the true story, Conquest Racing and its rookie drivers are ready to build on the momentum and speed that the team found throughout the race this past Sunday.

"We made a lot of changes to the cars from the moment we arrived in Barber until the time the race began," said team owner Eric Bachelart. "We had such good tests at Barber earlier this year and we had high expectations for the weekend, but the conditions had changed significantly for race weekend and we chased the cars from the first practice. Finally, on race day we really found a competitive pace and an understanding of what we need to do to make the cars more competitive. Unfortunately, the timing of the yellow flags were such that it did not benefit our team this time."

Both Romancini and Baguette ended the race in Barber pleased with the handling and the speed of the cars and are looking forward to continuing to improve when the first practice session begins in Long Beach on Friday.

"The car got better and better as the race went on last week and I think we are quickly moving in a positive direction that should benefit the entire team at Long Beach," said Baguette who will be starting only his second IZOD IndyCar Series race this weekend in Long Beach. "I am looking forward to running at Long Beach, on a street circuit, and am confident that we will have a good showing for Conquest."

One of the most prestigious races on the IZOD IndyCar Series schedule, Long Beach and other street courses have historically been venues where Conquest and its drivers have successful showings.

"The team ran really well here last year and we have learned quite a bit over the last three events so I am looking forward to my first IZOD IndyCar Series race at Long Beach," said Romancini, who currently leads the Rookie of the Year standings in the IZOD IndyCar Series. "I ran here in the Indy Lights cars last year and really enjoyed the track and the atmosphere."

In addition to practice sessions, debriefs, driver's meetings, autograph sessions and the numerous other activities that take up the driver's time on a race weekend, Romancini and Baguette will both get to visit southern California's famous Hollywood Boulevard when the IZOD IndyCar Series drivers attend an event open to the public at the Kodak Theatre at 6 p.m. on Thursday evening.

"My first time ever in the United States was to attend the St. Petersburg race a couple of weeks ago," said Baguette. "Between Florida, Alabama, Indiana and now the Los Angeles area, I think I can say I have seen a lot of different lifestyles of the U.S. It has been a fun month so far!"

Bertrand Baguette, driver, #36 RACB National Team Car

The Long Beach Grand Prix is round four of the IZOD IndyCar Series season, but for Baguette it is only round two. He joined the series for his first race last weekend and will run the full remainder of the season.

Baguette on Long Beach - "I have only seen the (Long Beach) circuit on video and a little bit on the simulator. It will be a fun and challenging course. I have been in the race shop this week working with Todd (Malloy, head engineer), going over the specifics of the course to prepare for this weekend, and am ready to get on track to see first hand what it is all about. Outside of the race, I must say that I am also pretty excited about going to Hollywood. I have seen it many times in movies and on TV, so it will be cool to actually see it in person."

Mario Romancini, driver, #34 Ronn Motor H2GO Conquest Racing Car

Sunday will be Romancini's second time racing in Long Beach, but first time in an IZOD IndyCar Series car. In 2009 he ran on the temporary street course for Andersen Racing in the Firestone IndyLights Series race.

Romancini is currently the highest ranked rookie in the 2010 drivers standings with 42 points.

For the second time this year, Ronn Motor H2GO will be the primary sponsor of the #34 car.

*Romancini on Long Beach - "I am excited about being back at Long Beach, my favorite street circuit, this weekend. The track is quite bumpy so we will have to be on top of our game, but I think we can have a good car, after the progress that we made on Sunday, and I am looking forward to the challenge."

This weekend's events commence Friday and Saturday with three practice sessions and qualifications, which can be followed on www.IndyCar.com, with live coverage of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 18th, beginning at 3:30pm ET on Versus.

-source: conquest racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bertrand Baguette , Mario Romancini
Teams Conquest Racing