NEW SAO PAULO CIRCUIT CLOSE TO HOME OF "PAULISTA' ROMANCINI The Conquest Racing team is set to kick-off the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series this weekend just fifteen minutes from its driver's, Mario Romancini, boyhood home. With the first official ...
NEW SAO PAULO CIRCUIT CLOSE TO HOME OF "PAULISTA' ROMANCINI
The Conquest Racing team is set to kick-off the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series this weekend just fifteen minutes from its driver's, Mario Romancini, boyhood home. With the first official practice session set to begin Saturday at 12:30pm local time (10:30am EST), the team and Romancini are excited to begin building upon an impressive test at Barber Motorsports Park last month in which the team ran solidly in the top ten.
Romancini, who began his racing career in go-karts in Sao Paulo, is looking forward to his first IZOD IndyCar Series event and performing in front of his many hometown family and friends who will be in attendance this weekend
"I am looking forward to starting my IZOD IndyCar Series career in the same city where I grew up and in the city where I started my racing career," Romancini said. "I will have lots of family and friends in attendance who have watchedand supported me from a novice go-karter all the way to this point."
Romancini, who won two races in the Firestone Indy Lights Series in 2009, is challenger for the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year Award, an awardthat is very familiar to Conquest Racing. Conquest Racing prepared cars for Frenchman Laurent Redon and guided him to the 2002 IndyCar Rookie of the Year award.
"We were very impressed with how quickly Mario adapted to the IZOD IndyCar Series car," said team owner Eric Bachelart, referring to the Barber Motorsports Park test. "The IZOD IndyCar Series is challenging, but we believe that Mario can run well in the series and should be able to compete for the year end rookie honors."
CONQUEST RACING FAST FACTS
* First start where he first began - This weekend will be the first IZOD IndyCar Series start for Romancini, 22, who grew up just a few minutes from the racing circuit and where he began his racing career. Romancini is considered a "Paulista" because Sao Paulo is his native city.
* History of Rookie of the Year Awards - Conquest Racing and owner Eric Bachelart enjoy the challenges of competing with rookie drivers and have the hardware to prove it, including the 2002 IndyCar Series Rookie of Year Award and the 2009 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Award.
* Temporary Success - If Conquest Racing's recent success on temporary street circuits like Sao Paulo is any indication, Conquest Racing should be very competitive this weekend. Over the last two years, five races at St. Petersburg (2), Long Beach (2) and Toronto (1) have yielded Conquest Racing three top ten (7th, 8th, 9th) and one top five (5th) starts and three top ten (9th, 10th, 10th) and two top five (4th, 5th) finishes.
Mario Romancini, #34 Dolly Conquest Racing Car
"My excitement for Sunday's race continues to grow each day. The Brazilia people, all of the fans, they are looking forward to being at this race. Icouldn't ask for a better place to make my IZOD IndyCar Series debut. It'sgoing to be a short weekend, and we have a lot to do. We will have to do ourbest to collect data and learn quickly during practice on Saturday to achievethe best car setup for the season's longest strait. The team is great and Ihave faith that we can perform well."
Mike Pawlowski, Chief Engineer
"I am very excited to get to run on the new circuit with its impressive straightaway. The combination of the new tarmac and concrete sections will make for challenging car setup. The down force level of the car remains an area for concern with the track simulation putting a premium on the top speed of the circuit."
-source: conquest racing