CHAMPCAR/CART: Mexico City: Pre-event quoteboard

Champ Car Pre-Race Quotes Gran Premio Telmex presentado por Banamex Sebastien Bourdais ...

Champ Car Pre-Race Quotes
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Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "Mexico City was a little bit of a struggle for the whole Newman/Haas team and particularly for the McDonalds's team last year. We qualified half decent although we were a little frustrated with the way it went but we didn't really seem to have what it took to beat RuSPORT. When we started the race we seemed to be doing a good job and we were saving quite a bit of fuel but we had an ECU issue that was telling us that we were burning a lot of fuel that we were not and we got all messed up with the strategy and from then on the race just went downhill. To try and compensate for the loss of time checking the ECU I tried to hard in the pits and went too deep and ran over the mechanics and the race just kept spiraling down. It was hard to end the season that way but it was a heck of a season. Hopefully this year we will come back and show the kind of speed we had in 2004 and just enjoy it. Now that the title is decided we can just try to have a good weekend and a successful end to the season. It's a tough track for multiple reasons: first because it's very bumpy. Second because we lack the downforce due to the altitude and third because it's a long course so you have lots of potential for mistakes so you've got to really concentrate and be hands on. It's a real challenge to put a lap together in Mexico City."

Justin Wilson #9 CDW Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -"Obviously, I am very eager to get back in the car.I missed not being able to race in Australia and there is nothing I want to do more than drive but we'll just have to wait and see how I feel. I'm going to be pushing it as much as I can but also respecting the seriousness of the injury. I don't want this to drag into next season. I'm looking forward to Mexico City and I know that the worst case scenario is that I can't drive, but I hope it doesn't come to that. I want to thank Adam for coming to this final race with RuSPORT in support of me and the rest of the team. He has tested well in Sebring and he would be a good addition to the Champ Car series."

Nelson Philippe #4 CTE Racing-HVM Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone --"I don't want the season to end! This has been the best year of my young career and I can't believe we're already at the last race! The whole team is obviously pumped after the victory in Surfer's and all we want to do is end the season with another bang. I have to say that the team did an outstanding job all year and without them, I wouldn't be here today. So, thank you so much guys! I've been in Mexico since Friday doing media to promote the race, seeing friends and for me it is like a real homecoming. Once again, I will be wearing my helmet with the Mexico colors to show my appreciation to the Mexican public. Everybody is very excited about the race and the fans are really pumped to see us go around the "Peraltada" again. I am disappointed that my main competition for 4th in the standings is not going to be racing with me to the end but I truly wish Paul (Tracy) a speedy recovery. I will stay off my golf cart at the track this weekend in his honor!"

Mario Dominguez #8 Pemex/GICSA/Del Valle/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "I am very excited to be racing in my hometown. The Mexico City race is always very special for me and it is great all the support that I get from the fans. There have been a lot of promotions going on that I have been involved with. There is lots of interest in the media, which is really good because it hasn't been this big in the last three years. So there is a new strength here and that is so good for Champ Car. It is an amazing feeling to experience all the excitement of the fans, which makes me responsible for them and my sponsors in terms of doing well at this event. I will give it my best effort. Our podium finish in Australia gave the team and me the confidence we need going into this race. I would like to see us win here, if not, finish on the podium once again. We have the momentum going; I am feeling very comfortable and confident that we can have a good result together to finish this season on a good note. I just hope that I can have a good weekend for Pemex, GICSA, Del Valle, and my personal sponsors Telmex and Bridgestone, not to mention for all the great people in Mexico City!"

Bruno Junqueira #2 Newman/Haas Racing Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone/Lola -- "I like to race in Mexico City. The first time we went there in 2002 I was on the pole but we had some problems in the race that kept us from the win but still ended up on the podium and in 2004 I finished second. I have always been pretty competitive there and am looking forward to returning. We had a pretty fast car in Mexico City the last time I drove there in 2004. I hope we have a great race in Mexico City. It's a nice long and fast road course and we have a great crowd. There are high speed corners and long chicanes, one next to the other so it's very difficult to get a perfect balance in the car but it makes it more challenging. The altitude is a factor since we lose 35 percent downforce but I have so much fun driving there that I don't even notice it."

Will Power #5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "Going into Mexico I don't feel any pressure after the great result of pole that we had in Australia, I'm more interested to see if we can carry the speed we had there on the street course to a road course in Mexico. This circuit is more European style and the best bit about it is I've been there before so I don't have to learn it. As we fight for Rookie-of-the-year, basically we are going into the race weekend like we always do and that is to race a normal race and qualify as best as possible. We need a good solid finish and hopefully we can score another pole and get on podium for the last race."

Andrew Ranger #27 Wal-Mart/Tide Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "I enjoyed the Mexico City race last year and I think I will enjoy this one more just because when I started the season in April I didn't think that I would have participated in every race. I want to thank Eric (Bachelart) and the Team for keeping me through the whole season. I want to give them a good result to end the season and finish in the top-ten in the Championship. It hasn't always been easy this year, especially in qualifying, but we have been able to bounce back in the race and fight for a spot in the top-ten in the standings. The crew has been great all year and they deserve a good finish and an excellent three-day weekend."

Alex Tagliani #15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "I'm going to take the last race of the season, one session at a time. Mexico City is a track I really like and with it being the last race I want the best result of the season. I plan to take it session by session and push as hard as I can. Throughout the season we have had some misfortune but in Australia it turned around for us, so it's a good feeling going into Mexico City."

Dan Clarke #14 CTE Racing-HVM Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "I know what the deal is for Mexico. I need to be one of the front-runners all weekend, straight out of the box. We have the team to do it, I have the ability to get on the pace within a matter of laps, so it's an achievable goal. As at most circuits this season, there's a core of drivers who've driven here before which is a small advantage, but I've also shown that I can be a match for these more experienced drivers, and I'm definitely going to be taking the fight to them this weekend."

Charles Zwolsman #34 Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "It's going to be the first time I go back to a circuit that I have been to with a Champ Car so I'm excited to go there. It's a nice flowing track and I like it very much. With the new configuration it will be quicker than last year so it should make it even more fun to race on. I think as a team we have been getting stronger and stronger. I have learned a lot since Long Beach, I know the car better, the team and I work well together and I think our past results are proof of that. We've been unlucky at some races and it might have cost us a podium finish, but that's all part of racing. We have one last chance in Mexico and we'll do our best to make it work. We would like to go out with a bang and get an excellent result."

Antonio Pizzonia #18 Lexington Energy Services/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "Well this is another track that I will have to learn, but I am excited to be climbing back into the #18 Lexington Energy Services/Rocketsports car and ready for the challenge. I am happy and very thankful for another opportunity to run with Paul Gentilozzi's Rocketsports team. This will be my fourth Champ Car start, so I am looking forward to it and taking what I have learned in my first races and continuing to improve. I had a good time working with Mario Dominguez in Australia, and I look forward to this weekend and know that he will be a big help to me since he really knows this course. I just hope that we can have a consistent run throughout the weekend, a good qualifying position and hopefully have a good race so that the team can finish the season properly, and of course, a good result for Lexington Energy Services."

David Martinez #3 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "It's great to finally get inside a Champ Car, something I've been working toward for a couple years. Finally after working pretty hard in Atlantic, I get a huge opportunity with Forsythe, and it's also in my hometown. I'm planning to make the most of it and have fun. Obviously I have a really good team behind me and a very good teammate, so I'm going to have to learn pretty fast and hopefully we can do a good job without Paul this weekend."

Buddy Rice #7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "Like I've been saying I think through a lot of my interviews, it's a little bit of a homecoming. It's nice to get back into a Champ Car, it's nice to go down and do the season finale and we'll see how things go from here. But this is an excellent opportunity and I'm really looking forward to it. A couple of years ago I was helping out DSTP when Joey Hand was driving so I was able to go to Mexico. I didn't get to drive but I was just helping out the team a little bit. I've kind of seen it before. I've gotten to see video of the track and stuff, and trying to get prepared. It seems like it's kind of like a permanent road circuit but it's more like a street course because nobody really runs on it until Champ Car gets there. It's going to be a lot like a street course, a lot like at St. Pete when I drove there with the IRL, so it's going to be a constantly changing track all the way throughout the weekend, and I think the biggest change will probably come once the race happens, which a lot of these tracks have a tendency to do because they don't have much rubber on them. It's going to be a doubly exciting time. It's a little bit of a learning curving obviously because of me not having a whole lot of knowledge with the Champ Car, but I think with the experience and the depth that Forsythe Racing has, it's going to be a good weekend."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Antonio Pizzonia , Justin Wilson , Bruno Junqueira , Alex Tagliani , Joey Hand , Mario Dominguez , Sébastien Bourdais , Buddy Rice , David Martinez , Nelson Philippe , Andrew Ranger , Charles Zwolsman , Will Power , Dan Clarke
Teams Conquest Racing