BUSCH: Mexico City: Michel Jourdain Jr preview

HOME COUNTRY, HOME TRACK, HOME SPONSOR: * Jourdain could not be happier this weekend. He is starting his second NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) race in front of his home crowd on his home track with Mexican sponsor, Roshfrans, the fourth largest ...

HOME COUNTRY, HOME TRACK, HOME SPONSOR:

* Jourdain could not be happier this weekend. He is starting his second NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) race in front of his home crowd on his home track with Mexican sponsor, Roshfrans, the fourth largest lubricant motor oil company in Mexico, a company devoted to its country and its people. Canels will share space on the car

* Jourdain hopes for better fortunes this year in Mexico City. Last year the team was forced to its back-up car after the primary crashed when the throttle hung. In the race, Jourdain was running in the top 10 when another competitor spun him out, sending the Mexico City, Mexico native into the wall and out of contention

* Associate sponsorship from Kraft Foods and its Team Kraft Racing program returns with Jourdain in 2006. The No. 15 Ford Fusion will display KRAFT, Oreo's brands and "Ritz" crackers

* Last NBS start for Jourdain: Oct. 8th, 2005 at Kansas Speedway, seven races ago

* Best-career start: sixth, Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway, March 19, 2005

* Best-career finish, 10th, Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway, March 19, 2005

* Drive for Diversity Teams with ppc Racing: Three over-the-wall crew members on the No. 15 Roshfrans Ford Fusion race team comes from NASCAR's Drive for Diversity program. Nicole Addison (rear tire changer), Emmanuel McDaniel (front tire carrier) and John Boyd (rear tire carrier) are those participating

* Local Angle: Jose Antonio Tame (spotter) is from Mexico City, Mexico

JOURDAIN ON MEXICO CITY BEING HIS BIGGEST RACE OF THE YEAR:

"Running in Mexico is the biggest race for me. Just to be here is fantastic. Yes, of course, I think we were pretty competitive last year especially after destroying our first car. Unfortunately we crashed it in practice; we were very, very fast and very competitive. I definitely see ourselves with a chance of winning but there are probably 15 or 20 other guys that think the same and all have a chance. Not all the Mexican drivers that are racing this weekend have a lot of experience on this track. There will be three or four others that will be in top equipment like myself. I want to win very, very bad."

CREW CHIEF TODD GORDON ON REUNITING WITH JOURDAIN, RETURNING TO MEXICO CITY:

"I'm excited to get Michel back into the seat and in good equipment especially at a road course. Mexico City is his home, he's got a lot of laps there and we had tons of potential there last year. I really felt that before we had a throttle hang on our primary car that we had a definite top-five race car and it could have been more than that. I felt our back-up car was probably a top-10 race car but it got taken out in the race. I'm excited to get back there, excited to get a good opportunity for Michel to show what he can do at these road courses. Unfortunately we didn't get to go to Watkins Glen with him. Better motors this year, better brakes, a little better race car. I really am excited about the opportunity."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Michel Jourdain