Champ Car's Six Day International Turbo Tour Jaunt Concludes in Mexico Monterey, Mexico (March 17, 2005) -- Mexico has long been one of the world's hotbeds of Champ Car racing, and they proved it again Friday as Mexico City and Monterrey each...
Champ Car's Six Day International Turbo Tour Jaunt Concludes in Mexico
Monterey, Mexico (March 17, 2005) -- Mexico has long been one of the world's hotbeds of Champ Car racing, and they proved it again Friday as Mexico City and Monterrey each held nothing back in welcoming the 2006 Champ Car Turbo Tour to their cities.
The final day of the tour began with a flight from Houston to Mexico City, where the Mario Dominguez and the rest of the drivers began with a press conference and then challenged the media to a football (soccer) match upon landing at Toluca airport. The Mexico City media flocked to the event to meet with A.J. Allmendinger, Katherine Legge, Mario Dominguez, David Martinez and Alan Sciuto, grilling the drivers on a number of topics before settling in for a media lunch and claiming victory in the soccer match.
"It was incredible to see the reception we received in my hometown of Mexico City," said Forsythe Championship Racing driver Mario Dominguez. "The media in Mexico do a great job covering Champ Car and now we know they are also very good football players."
The Turbo Tour then jetted off to Monterrey for a festive Mexican celebration as long-time racing sponsor Tecate, who along with Roshfrans announced today their continued support of the Monterrey event, hosted the drivers at a press conference at the Tecate Brewery where drivers took the chance to tour the facility to see how the brew is created.
The tour was followed by a sponsor and media function with more interviews and media opportunities awaiting the drivers.
"The inaugural Champ Car Turbo Tour has been a huge success," said Champ Car President and CEO Steve Johnson. "Over the course of the week our drivers did more than 300 interviews and represented Champ Car in an exceptional manner. But this was more than just a media circus, as we interacted with our fans, sponsors and city officials to build a large amount of excitement and anticipation for the 2006 Champ Car season and I glad I was a part of it."
The Turbo Tour crew then boarded the Gulfstream G550 for the final time to head back to San Diego, California to catch connecting flights home. In all the Turbo Tour logged 16 hours and 54 minutes in the air while traveling 7,984.45 miles. The flight crew made a perfect 11 on-time centerline landings while traveling to three countries, six states, two Canadian provinces and two Mexican states. For the trip the Turbo Tour burned approximately 60,000 pounds of fuel or roughly enough for a Champ Car to fill up during 257 pitstops. At its highest altitude the Gulfstream G550 cruised at 49,000 feet with a cruising speed of 600 miles per hour.
While on the ground the group traveled in a wide variety of Limousines, taxis, rental cars and even track safety trucks. Of the 149 hours the Turbo Tour lasted the participants worked on just 31 hours of sleep in five hotels. The camera crew from Race Car Driver along with a camera from Champ Car's website documented the entire trip shooting more that 24 hours worth of footage.