Mont?rr?y: Drivers arrive for first race

Monterrey, Mexico, Mar. 6th, 2002.- Mexican Atlantic driver Rodolfo Lavin arrived today from San Luis Potosi to the Fundidora Park where he was to join the Michael Shank Team and be at the press presentation of a group of nine drivers available....

Monterrey, Mexico, Mar. 6th, 2002.- Mexican Atlantic driver Rodolfo Lavin arrived today from San Luis Potosi to the Fundidora Park where he was to join the Michael Shank Team and be at the press presentation of a group of nine drivers available. The rest were expected to arrive tonight.

The group was so well recieved that the queston and answer session lasted more than an hour. The drivers were: Argentinian Waldemar Coronas and Eduardo Figueroa from Guadalajara, both with the Mexican Scuadra Fortia Team, Víctor Hugo Oliveras (20) from Mexico City, Ryan Hunter-Reay, the sole Hylton Motorsports driver, Alex Gurney, (son of legendary Dan Gurney) and Jon Fogarty, all three from the States, along with Mexican Luis 'Chapulin' (Grasshopper) Díaz, the latter three with Dorricot Racing Team, and Rodolfo Lavín, one of the three Michael Shank Racing's drivers.

When the presentation was about to finish, in came Ann Roy, Toyota Atlantic PR representative, bringing young David Martinez, a very dear Monterrey born driver who had just arranged his ride with Condor Motorsports Team, at least for this race. David belongs to a very well known racing family, so the local press was delighted to have him in the race against two countrymen from Mexico City, one from Guadalajara and one from San Luis. This way the Atlantic roster goes to 25 cars counting last year's Indy Lights winner, Irishman Derek Higgins, also well known in Mexico.

One of the questions addressed to Rodolfo Lavin, was if he considered it a bigger gain having raced a Formula Atlantic car for a full season, against the fact that he doesn't know the track.

"I think I can adapt fast to a new track, that just happened last week when we tested at Motorsport Ranch in Dallas, and I was able to be the fastest of the three Michael Shank's drivers, and faster than previous Indy Lights' and Atlantic's times at the same track. "I think I can adapt easily to a new track, so I guess that won't be an advantage for those who already know it" said Lavin talking surely about Luis Díaz, Derek Higgins and Jon Fogarty who raced here last year with the now extinct Indy Lights.

Rodolfo thanked Corona for it's sponsorship and added that the team has an adavtage having three cars, since all three share data and information for a better set-up.

The first practice for the Toyota Atlantic, will be Thursday at 15:15 hours, but they don't expect to be fast because the track will be dirty even if it has been sweeped daily several times and it will lack the rubber that only comes with a lot of laps of the participating cars.

-mrs/hr-

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Alex Gurney , Jon Fogarty , Luis Diaz , Derek Higgins , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Rodolfo Lavin , Waldemar Coronas , David Martinez , Michael Shank