MONTREAL, Aug. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - Andrew Ranger of Roxton Pond, Quebec and
Jacombs Racing was nipped by Nascar veteran Kerry Micks on the final lap of
today's NASCAR Canadian Tire Series on Montreal's Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve
and finished second.
Ranger, who is currently leading the series, registered a qualifying time
of 1.47.452 on the 4.3-km circuit on Friday, the second-fastest lap among the
29 drivers. He made that performance stand up throughout the race, and took
the lead on 21 of the 23 laps even while experiencing problems with a damaged
front right fender, the result of a minor crash earlier in the race, before
Micks passed him on the last straightaway. It was a sixth top-10 performance
by Ranger this season, and a fifth top-5, and allowed him to extend his lead
in the drivers' championship as No. 2 racer, J.R. Fitzpatrick, was forced out
of the race after 13 laps.
"I'm happy with my performance, right up to the final lap," Ranger said
after the race, refusing to use his fender problems as an excuse. "But losing
a race on the final lap is not something I want to get used to, it happened to
us two weeks ago in Edmonton and I was trying to put that behind me here in
Montreal. Kerry had the speed at the end, and that's all that counts. We'll do
better in two weeks at Trois-Rivières."
Tagliani, the Champ Car World Series veteran, was fourth-quickest on
Friday with a 1.48.447, in the No. 8 GAIN car, after the laundry detergent
brand's sponsorship enabled him to fulfill a desire to race a stock car in
front of a home crowd for the first time in his racing career.
The Lachenaie, Quebec native experienced serious brake problems and they
eventually forced him out of the race shortly after the third restart, on lap
6. "I've enjoyed the experience with Team Jacombs and I'm looking forward to a
better result in Trois-Rivières," he said. "One thing I've learned in many
different kinds of racing, if your brakes go, you're done and there's nothing
more to be said for it."
Both riders are part of the Victory Lap charity program in Canada, which
has so far raised $225,000 of its $350,000 donation objective for 2007. Ranger
is a special ambassador for the program and makes several appearances on its
behalf throughout the year in various Canadian cities. "Both Alex and I thank
Procter & Gamble and Wal-Mart for their support in this special partnership
effort to benefit Canadian children."
Tagliani and Ranger will team up again with Team Jacombs during the Grand
Prix de Trois-Rivières weekend, Aug. 17-19. Racing fans will contribute to the
Children's Miracle Network and the Victory Lap program by purchasing their
tickets for this event at participating Wal-Mart stores throughout Quebec.
GAIN, a Procter & Gamble brand, is making strong inroads in the Quebec
market, and the sponsorship deal with Tagliani ties into a GAIN roll-back at
Wal-Mart stores over the next two months.
For further information:
For further information: Daniel Torchia, Torchia Communications, (416)