CHAMPCAR/CART: Monterrey: Mario Haberfeld race report

Forgettable weekend for Haberfeld Monterrey, Mexico (May 23, 2004) -- Brazilian driver Mario Haberfeld (Walker Racing) hopes to soon forget Sunday's Monterrey Grand Prix, which took place at Fundidora Park in Monterrey, Mexico. The Brazilian ...

Forgettable weekend for Haberfeld

Monterrey, Mexico (May 23, 2004) -- Brazilian driver Mario Haberfeld (Walker Racing) hopes to soon forget Sunday's Monterrey Grand Prix, which took place at Fundidora Park in Monterrey, Mexico. The Brazilian abandoned the race with ten laps to the end, after colliding with Mexican Rodolfo Lavin. Haberfeld's final placing was 15th, out of a starting grid of eighteen cars.

The race seemed doomed for Haberfeld from the very beginning. A slight collision with Frenchman Nelson Philippe cost the driver part of his front wing. The Brazilian then made an early pit-stop, but continued the race despite the damage. The hot temperatures also affected the handling of his Reynard, whose chassis are a lot less heat-friendly than the Lolas used by most other drivers. "The car today was not as fast as it had been earlier in the weekend. Coupling that with the heat and the collisions, it made for a tough day", said a dejected Haberfeld. With ten laps to go, Haberfeld attempted to pass a much slower Lavin, but the turbulence caused by the wing damage on his car caused him to hit the Mexican from behind, ending the Brazilian's day.

After a couple of good practice sessions, Haberfeld had a miserable qualifying, putting him in sixteenth place on the grid. The race proved to be a mere continuation of a troublesome weekend. Despite his misfortunes, however, Haberfeld enjoyed racing in Mexico once again. "The fans in Mexico are fantastic! As a Brazilian, this is second-best to racing in my own country, and I look forward to coming back next year." Haberfeld and his team came to Monterrey aware of their limitations, but feel that the weekend had some positives to draw upon. "To our surprise, the car was very good the first couple of days. I think we are making progress, and am looking forward to a solid weekend in Milwaukee in two weeks", concluded Haberfeld.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mario Haberfeld , Rodolfo Lavin , Nelson Philippe