Mexico City (Mexico) November 7 -- Without feeling pressured by the support of the thousands of Mexican that will encourage him on November 17, Michel Jourdain Jr, will take the green flag for the final race of the 2002 FedEx Championship Series as if it was just any race.
The Team Rahal driver from Mexico City, Jourdain will run the Telmex Gigante Mexico Grand Prix presented by Banamex-Visa as if he was racing outside his native country.
"To keep the pressure from distracting me, I am concentrating on my work", said the 26-year-old Mexican. "Working with the team, at the wheel of the car and communicating with my engineers and mechanics, I will imagine that I'm in Australia or Japan or Long Beach. Therefore I will get rid of the pressure that can be felt. I cannot let it make an impression, it is just a race."
"I'm accustomed to having my family with me, like at Fontana. Therefore this race, I am gonna take it like one more race."
Although what has impressed the Mexican is the remodeling of the Hermanos Rodriguez track. "It is spectacular, CART will be very satisfied by the work."
Michel mention some aspects of the new circuit. "There will be many passing zones, one of them at the end of the main straight line, one in the straight that takes you to curve three. Even in the area of the Forum it will be possible to make some passes."