CHAMPCAR/CART: Mexico City: Rocketsports Racing preview

ROCKETSPORTS RACING READY TO WRAP UP THE SEASON SOUTH OF THE BORDER EAST LANSING, Mich. (November 2, 2005) - The final race on the 2005 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford schedule takes place this weekend, November...

ROCKETSPORTS RACING READY TO WRAP UP THE SEASON SOUTH OF THE BORDER

EAST LANSING, Mich. (November 2, 2005) - The final race on the 2005 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford schedule takes place this weekend, November 4-6, in Mexico City, Mexico and Rocketsports Racing drivers Timo Glock and Michael McDowell look to finish the team's season with top results.

Glock wrapped up the Roshfrans Rookie-of-the-Year title in Australia, leaving the race 44 points ahead of Ronnie Bremer when he only needed to be ahead of him by 35 points to clinch the honor. Glock is the first driver in the 26-year history of the award to represent Germany.

Reliability has been the key for the rookie sensation this season while driving the #8 DHL Global Mail/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone. Glock sits in the top ten of the Champ Car championship standings in ninth with a total of 181 points and is second to 2004 and 2005 Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais in laps completed this season, finishing 1,215 out of 1,240 laps possible.

Champ Car returns to a natural terrain road course this weekend for its season finale to run on the 2.781-mile permanent road course at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez venue. Glock, who earned his first Champ Car podium in Montreal, has one more opportunity to work with his Rocketsports team to reach their overall goal of the season - a win. They were so close to tasting the victory campaign in Montreal, but this weekend they have packed their glasses and are ready to toast a good finish to the season, with the motivation and determination of finishing in victory circle.

McDowell may be new to the Champ Car circuit, but he is definitely one to watch this weekend in Mexico City.&nbs p; He is the only driver that will be running in both the Champ Car World Series and Grand American Rolex Series events in Mexico City. He will race the #31 Commercial Defeasance/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone for Rocketsports Racing on Sunday, November 6, a day after he competes in the Grand American Rolex Series racing the #19 Finlay Motorsports Daytona Prototype on Saturday, November 5. This weekend will mark the first time a driver has competed in both a major sports and open-wheel race in the same weekend since Mario Andretti did it in 1975.

The American has one Champ Car start/finish under his belt after taking to the streets of Surfers Paradise, Australia. Despite being a challenging course, in addition to slick road conditions at the start of the weekend, McDowell did not put a tire wrong while on course the entire weekend. He qualified 16th and finished 12th, scoring nine championship points in his debut event.

McDowell became the sixth-youngest driver to ever start a Champ Car World Series event when he took the green flag for his debut at the age of 20 years, 10 months and two days. Rocketsports Racing holds the record for starting the youngest driver in Champ Car history when the team put, then 17-year-old Nelson Philippe, behind the wheel of a Rocketsports Champ Car in 2004.

Qualifying for the Gran Premio Telmex-Tecate presented by Banamex will take place on Saturday afternoon, November 5, to determine the starting lineup for Sunday's race, which will take the green flag at 2:45 p.m. local time. Race coverage can be seen live on SPEED Channel beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET. To follow Rocketsports Racing all weekend long, sign up for Race Director at www.champcar.ws.

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