BJORN WIRDHEIM, ...
BJORN WIRDHEIM, #4 HVM/Lola/Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone (Sweden)
2005 Stats: A Rookie in the Champ Car World Series, this will be his first visit to Edmonton. Bjorn has led more laps (18) than any other rookie this season. He has recorded two top-ten finishes and started in the top-ten in his oval debut at Milwaukee.
BJORN WIRDHEIM: "I am looking forward to Edmonton, especially because it is a new circuit for all of the team and drivers which means everyone starts on the same page in terms of experience. So far this season we have struggled a little bit because I haven't got any previous experience at any of the circuits and we don't have a huge amount of track time during the weekend. Therefore, when other drivers are able to get straight to work on their setups, I am just learning the circuit. So I have been looking forward to the new events all season. I have seen photos of the circuit, it has a great layout and it looks like it has some fast corners, which I love. My first impression, although I have not been there yet, is that it will be a fun circuit and an exciting event, as the Canadian races always are."
ALEX SPERAFICO, #55 HVM/Lola/Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone (Brazil)
Career Best:Alex made his debut with HVM last week at the Toronto Molson Indy. In his debut, he recorded his career best Champ Car finish of eighth.
In the family: You might notice there are two Sperafico's on the Champ Car timing sheets, Alex's cousin, Ricardo drives the #11 Champ Car for Dale Coyne Racing.
ALEX SPERAFICO:"The Canadian races are some of the best on the schedule, they always have a great atmosphere and lot of support from the fans. I am sure Edmonton will be just as exciting. It is a new track so I expect to have a little more work to do on Friday. I think we can start with a good car and my engineer will fine-tune it through the weekend. This time will be a little better for me because now I have a race under my belt with the team and now the car is prepared specifically for me. I joined the team at the last minute before Toronto, and everyone did a great job, but this weekend will be great because now I can get straight to work on race preparation, and also I know everyone a little better now so I am really looking forward to it. I expect to do well and improve my performance and I know I will have a great racecar for the race on Sunday, so as a driver, that gives me a lot of confidence."