CHAMPCAR/CART: Monterrey: Rocketsports Racing preview

Monterrey, Mexico (May 26, 2005) -- After a long six week break from the Champ Car season opener in Long Beach, California, Rocketsports Racing recuperates from a rough Milwaukee test, packing its two-car entry and traveling south of the border...

Monterrey, Mexico (May 26, 2005) -- After a long six week break from the Champ Car season opener in Long Beach, California, Rocketsports Racing recuperates from a rough Milwaukee test, packing its two-car entry and traveling south of the border for Round Two of the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford in Monterrey, Mexico.

Rocketsports Racing took part in two tests during the break, running laps at Portland International Raceway's 1.969-mile road course and the famed one-mile oval in Milwaukee, but Rocketsports is ready to get back racing and will do so on the 2.104-mile permanent road course at Fundidora Park in Monterrey this weekend.

Driver of the #31 Briggs & Stratton Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone Ryan Hunter-Reay kept himself busy during the time off in between testing sessions taking a trip to promote the upcoming Champ Car event in Australia. During his two day promotional activities Down Under, the American was busy participating in interviews, photo shoots and filming.

Making his third attempt in the Tecate/Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix, Hunter-Reay returns to familiar territory after competing last season with Herdez Competition (now known as HVM), and has established a fan base of the Mexican contingents while running under the Mexican colors. His best start and finish of eighth was recorded during his last trip to Fundidora Park.

After making an impressive rookie debut when he finished as the top rookie in the 2005 Champ Car field at Long Beach in sixth, Timo Glock gets ready to strap back into his #8 DHL Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone after a hard hit in Milwaukee during testing on his first oval. A former Formula One driver, the young German is no stranger to road courses. Making his first appearance in Mexico and on a Champ Car permanent road course circuit, Glock will take to the track and turn a few heads this weekend.

Round Two of the Champ Car World Series gets underway on Friday, May 20 when the Champ Cars head out for on-track activities starting with a practice session at 10:15 a.m. local time, followed by the first round of qualifying that afternoon at 2:00 p.m. in preparation for Sunday's race.

Notes Formed in 1985 by racecar driver and businessman Paul Gentilozzi, Rocketsports Racing is based in East Lansing, Michigan. In addition to a two-car Champ Car entry, the team runs a multi-car effort in the Trans-Am Series.

Rocketsports Champ Car entry started in 2003. The team expanded to a two-car endeavor in 2004. Hunter-Reay will drive the #31 Briggs & Stratton car and Glock will pilot the #8 DHL machine.

Rocketsports has recorded one victory (Road America, 2004) and two poles (Milwaukee, Montreal, 2003).

Hunter-Reay is a product of the Champ Car ladder system. Coming up through the ranks, Hunter-Reay last participated in the Toyota Atlantic Championship before making his way into Champ Car.

Hunter-Reay has recorded two Champ Car victories (Australia, 2003, Milwaukee, 2004) in his three years of competition.

Glock, a former Formula driver, started as a test driver during 2004 in a season that saw him make his F1 debut, followed by three other appearances (China, Japan, and Brazil).

This is Glock's first season in the Champ Car World Series.

The Tecate/Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix will mark the 34th start for Rocketsports in the Champ Car World Series.

Ryan Hunter-Reay #31 Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone

"I am really looking forward to getting back to Mexico where the fan support for Champ Car is enormous. This is a special race from the point of view of fan support as the Mexicans really get behind all the teams, making it a great event. I am also looking forward to racing on a natural terrain circuit, a proper road course. The Monterrey track really suits my aggressive driving style; it's a long, open road course that has a great layout. The trick at Monterrey is to stay on top of your set-up throughout the whole weekend. We are looking to have a good weekend in Monterrey as we experienced difficulties in Long Beach during the season opener."

Timo Glock #8 Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone

"I am really looking forward to racing in Monterrey. I watched DVD's of the past races and the track looks very interesting and a lot of fun. I really want to drive in Monterrey, not just for me, but for my Rocketsports team. They worked very long hours to put both mine and Ryan's car back together after the incidents in Milwaukee. They did a great job getting things ready and I look forward to the opportunity to giving back to them my gratitude by performing well this weekend scoring some points and a podium finish."

-rsr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Gentilozzi , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Timo Glock