Barber Dodge withdraws from Mexico City in '02, but with eye on '03. (LAKEVILLE, Conn.) October 16, 2002 -Barber Dodge Pro Series officials have announced today that the Series will not appear at the Gran Premio Telmex Gigante Mexico 2002 in ...
Barber Dodge withdraws from Mexico City in '02, but with eye on '03.
(LAKEVILLE, Conn.) October 16, 2002 -Barber Dodge Pro Series officials have announced today that the Series will not appear at the Gran Premio Telmex Gigante Mexico 2002 in Mexico City, Mexico on November 15-17. As a result of CART rescheduling the event from its original October date, it became necessary to change the event from the final round of the Championship into a non-championship event in order to preserve the continuity of the season and in consideration of driver plans for 2003. Because of its non-championship status and the lateness of the date, it has been deemed in the best interests of all parties to focus on 2003.
"Having Mexico City along with three Canadian dates and a core of marquee U.S. events was one of the most anticipated facets of the 2002 Barber Dodge Pro Series," said Jeremy Dale, Managing Director of the Barber Dodge Pro Series. "Despite our best efforts, it is apparent to us that we should rather focus on our 2003 calendar, which will hopefully include a Mexican venue. As it stands we had a great season and crowned a worthy champion in A.J Allmendinger. Moreover we're expecting several of our drivers to move into Toyota Atlantic next season with others returning to bid for the 2003 championship and Career Enhancement Award.
"Thanks to Telemex, Gigante and Herdez who have all supported more Mexican drivers in Barber Dodge than ever before with an eye towards next year to continue building upon the foundation set in 2002. In addition we would like thank Ron Dickson and his staff of promoters for their understanding and look forward to a successful venture with them next year," added Dale.
"CART fully believes this decision is in the best interest of all parties involved. It is unfortunate that the CART schedule change has prevented the great Mexican fans from viewing the ultra competitive Barber Dodge Pro Series with champion AJ Allmendinger and hometown heroes like Memo Rojas, Piero Rodarte, Aurelio Lopez and German Quiroga. However, with our partners at Barber Dodge, we look forward to next year and building on the tremendous momentum of 2002 in the CART Driver Development Ladder System," said Steve Fusek, Vice President of Marketing for CART.