12.05.11 Conquest Endurance Forced To Skip Qualifying Due To Mechanical Problem


Monterey, California – May 11, 2012 – After a strong start to the weekend in which the Conquest Endurance car led the morning practice for the American Le Mans Monterey presented by Patron, disappointment struck when the team was forced to sit and watch qualifying from the garage due to a mechanical problem.


The team showed once again its strong pace and was quickest in class during the first morning practice with Antonio Pizzonia and David Heinemeier Hansson behind the wheel of the #37 Morgan-Nissan P2 car.  During practice #2 Heinemeier Hansson went out once again to complete his last few laps of the day before he would hand the car over to Martin Plowman.


But after completing only eight laps the Danish driver suddenly felt that something broke in the front suspension and immediately came in to the pits for the Conquest crew to check it out.  After close examination the team found the problem to be a broken piece of the front suspension and decided to head back to the garage to repair it.  Due to this problem the team was forced to miss the remainder of practice and the qualifying session for Saturday´s six-hour event.  The team will work overnight to try to find a solution to the problem in order to be ready to be on the grid for Saturday’s race.


The green flag for the American Le Mans Monterey presented by Patron six-hour race will drop Saturday at 3:30pm Eastern Time, the race will be streamed live through ESPN3 and (outside the U.S) and will be broadcast tape delayed Sunday at 5:00pm Eastern Time on ESPN2.


Antonio Pizzonia


#37 Conquest Endurance / Morgan / Nissan Dunlop

“This morning we were looking good, we were getting better every lap, just learning the car and learning the track and I was really enjoying it.  We made some setup changes over night that really improved the car and during the session we managed to improve the car even more.  We were definitely going in he right directions and everything was looking good.  We have a very good balance for the race that lets us be quick but at the same time conserve the tires.  But unfortunately we weren’t able to qualify because of the problem we had, there’s really nothing we could do about it at the time, so hopefully we can fix it and go back out there tomorrow.”