Conquest Impressed With Ranger

The team boss, who is reviewing his options for the second car next to series sophomore Nelson Philippe, was overjoyed with the 18 year old Toyota Atlantic driver, telling the championship's website champcar.com: "We have a very strong interest in Andrew - we feel that he is very talented, and can become the next Canadian star in Champ Car

Conquest Impressed With Ranger
Conquest Racing boss Eric Bachelart was highly impressed with Canadian teenager Andrew Ranger during his recent test with the team in California.

"I've known his manager for quite a long time and I'm glad we finally had an opportunity to test him. We still have a few things to work out before we can announce anything, but on the other hand we need to move quickly because, as everyone knows, the first race is coming up very soon.

"We very much wanted to test Andrew, and he did a very good job for us. He was quick and he worked well with the team - for a young guy he's got a good head on his shoulders."

Ranger won the Gilles Villeneuve Trophy two years running before making the step up to Toyota Atlantic last year, where he made the podium six times on his way to fourth in the championship and the Rookie of the Year title. The title won him a test with Forsythe Racing last November, and he then took the opportunity to also test for Conquest.

"I had a full day and I really enjoyed it,"Andrew laughed afterwards. "It was unbelievable how much power you have. - there's so much power! But that's what a driver likes, and I found it was a fun car to drive. That day was incredible.

"I need to learn a lot, but other than the engine, the Champ Car and Atlantic car are pretty similar. The braking zone is similar, and the place where you put on the power is similar too. There's just a lot more of it!"

Ranger has substantial backing from the Canadian arm of Proctor & Gamble, and has made it clear after testing for the two teams that he is pushing for a Champ Car seat rather running for another year in Toyota Atlantic.

Bachelart has indicated that he is likely to run Ranger again, this time at the upcoming two-day test at Sebring.

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