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12.08.03 CONQUEST ENDURANCE QUALIFIES SECOND AT MID-OHIO

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Lexington, Ohio – August 3rd, 2012 – The Conquest Endurance team will line-up second in the P2 grid for Saturday’s Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge, the sixth round of the 2012 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron season. Martin Plowman got behind the wheel of the #37 Morgan-Nissan machine during the qualifying session and was looking for his second pole position in a row, on his sixth try he managed to turn a quick lap of 1m13.734s around the 2.258-mile track which forced him to settle for second position on the grid.

 

After scoring their first ALMS win two weeks ago at Mosport, the Conquest squad and drivers Plowman and David Heinemeier Hansson showed up at Mid-Ohio ready to keep fighting for more wins and decreasing the gap to the championship leaders. Despite not being quite as dominant as at the last event where they were quickest every day, the Conquest drivers and their engineers have made positive progress with the setup of the P2 machine and are now ready to battle Level 5 Motorsport for another hard fought win.

 

During Saturday’s 2h45min race Heinemeier Hansson will be responsible for taking the green flag and driving the first half of the race. He will then hand the controls over to Plowman who will look to once again cross the finish line first in class. The Conquest duo currently trail the championship leaders by eight points with five races to go in the 2012 championship.

 

The two hour and 45 minute Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge will take place on Saturday, August 4 at 1:05 p.m. EDT. A two-hour television broadcast featuring live coverage will air on ABC-TV from 2 to 4 p.m. (ET). Fans can also visit www.alms.com for enhanced live streaming coverage of the event.

 

For more information please visit www.conquestracing.com and www.americanlemans.com. For the latest photos, videos and news, and up to the minute updates please follow Conquest Endurance at twitter.com/conquestracing and www.facebook.com/conquestracing.

 

Martin Plowman

Driver

#37 Conquest Endurance / Morgan / Nissan Dunlop

“This weekend we have been chasing the balance of the car a little bit with the changing track conditions and we struggled more than I would have liked in qualifying. I felt that I got the most out of the car in qualifying but I had a lot of oversteer because of the hot conditions. The engineers will make some more changes overnight, so I’m confident that we will be strong in the race. In Mosport we had a big advantage over Level 5 in qualifying, but we saw that the racing was very tight, I expect tomorrow to be the same!”

 

David Heinemeier Hansson

Driver

#37 Conquest Endurance / Morgan / Nissan Dunlop

“This weekend we’ve struggled a bit more than at Mosport to find the ultimate speed, even though the last time I was out in the car for second practice it felt really good, when Martin got in it for qualifying he pushed hard but we just didn’t have quite enough to get the Level 5 guys. We should be in good shape, we are only one position behind, and it’s a long race and I’m going to fight tooth and nail to make sure I get ahead in the first few laps.

 

It will be interesting racing on this track, it is really tough to pass the GT cars if they willfully make themselves wide. Timing is going to very important when you get through traffic because if you get stuck you can easily lose two seconds. I think that will play in our favor, I love traffic, I really enjoy carving through it and I’m positive that we’ll have a good racecar for the race which will make this easier.”