Champ Car World Series Point Leaders Sebastien Bourdais and Bruno Junqueira Head Fight For $100,000 Corona Cup in Mexico City Finale INDIANAPOLIS (October 29, 2004) -- The Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season...
Champ Car World Series Point Leaders Sebastien Bourdais and Bruno Junqueira Head Fight For $100,000 Corona Cup in Mexico City Finale
INDIANAPOLIS (October 29, 2004) -- The Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season finale in Mexico City will settle the championship battle between Newman/Haas Racing teammates Sebastien Bourdais (#2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) and Bruno Junqueira (#6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) on November 7, but like all great stories, this one will carry a six-figure subplot to go along with it.
Bourdais and Junqueira take their much-publicized title fight down to the wire in next week's season finale at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, but thanks to Forsythe Championship Racing team sponsor Corona, there is another $100,000 up for grabs in a battle that is also currently led by the Newman/Haas duo.
Corona, which is the primary sponsor of the #3 Corona Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone Champ Car driven by Rodolfo Lavin, created the Corona Cup for the 2004 Champ Car World Series season, awarding a cash prize of $100,000 and a special trophy to the driver that scores the most total points in the two Champ Car races held in Mexico.
"As the proud brewers of Corona Extra beer and as the fourth largest beverage company in the world, we at the Modelo Brewery are proud to present the Corona Cup," said Executive Vice-President of Grupo Modelo Rene Saraccho. "This trophy honors and recognizes the most talented race car driver in open wheel racing and embodies the same principals as our world famous Corona beer brand -- dominate the competition and have some fun along the way. Grupo Modelo is proud to have this opportunity to present this Corona Cup. On behalf of the Grupo Modelo team, we thank Champ Car and all the teams and drivers in the 2004season."
The first event was held May 23 in Monterrey, Mexico and was won by Bourdais, who swept the maximum points available for the weekend, tallying 35 markers after leading both qualifying sessions, leading 43 laps and setting the race's fastest lap. The Frenchman holds a seven-point lead over Junqueira in the Corona Cup competition, which is narrower than the 22-point lead Bourdais carried over Junqueira in the Champ Car standings heading into the year's final race.
"First of all I would like to thank Corona for establishing this prize as it provides a great incentive for our Newman/Haas team in the season finale," Bourdais said. "Winning the 100,000 prize would be a great thing for the McDonald's crew and we will do everything we can to make that happen."
Mexican favorite Mario Dominguez (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) is third in the Corona Cup standings with 26 points after a podium finish in Monterrey, while Patrick Carpentier (#7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone), Alex Tagliani (#8 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) and Justin Wilson (#34 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) round out the top six. Defending Mexico City race winner Paul Tracy (#1 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) is seventh in the Corona Cup standings after Monterrey.
The award will be given to the Corona Cup winner at the Champ Car World Series Awards Banquet, which will be held November 7 in Mexico City.