Pre-Race Promotions Hit High Gear in Mexico City as Rolex Series Nears Season Finale Mexico City, Mexico (November 1, 2005) -- Pre-race media promotions for this weekend's La Gran Final de la Serie Rolex Sports Car hit high gear the past two ...
Pre-Race Promotions Hit High Gear in Mexico City as Rolex Series Nears Season Finale
Mexico City, Mexico (November 1, 2005) -- Pre-race media promotions for this weekend's La Gran Final de la Serie Rolex Sports Car hit high gear the past two weekends with both Tracy Krohn and the No. 67 Krohn Racing/TRG Pontiac Riley and No. 02 New Century Mortgage Lexus Riley with Chip Ganassi Racing driver Cort Wagner spending several days in North America's largest city.
The highlight was two days of on-track promotional rides with Krohn, and guest back-up driver Andy Lally, in Krohn's Daytona Prototype this past Friday and Saturday.
After the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez was cleared of joggers, bikers and walkers, the circuit--which also doubles as a city park--was turned over to Krohn. The Texan gave more than 30 rides around the 2.786-mile, 17-turn circuit to a full slate of print and broadcast press in addition to sponsors and VIP guests. Among the willing passengers were members of leading television stations Televisa and TV Azteca as well as writers from newspapers such as Reforma and Record. The top VIP to take a ride was Mexican singing star and actress Pilar Montenegro, who joined Krohn for one of the final rides on the opening day of the promotion.
"I like the layout of the track," said Krohn. "It has a lot of turns and the straight is almost a mile long, we will have to brush up on our drafting technique to maximize our opportunities into turn one. The esses are a fun rhythm section that, if you can nail the handling, will just keep getting faster. The elevation here affects the power of the motor; it was noticeable from the first lap on Friday. With our running over the past two days we were just going at about 65% so it is hard to get a real feel for the handling, but there are plenty of places to pass so it will be a very exciting event for the spectators."
Lally heads to Mexico City sharing a one-point lead with No. 65 TRG Pontiac GTO.R co-driver Marc Bunting in the GT class driver standings. If the duo finishes ahead of the No. 80 Synergy Racing Porsche GT3 Cup and Craig Stanton, Lally and Bunting will claim the crown.
While Krohn and company entertained the press this past weekend, Wagner came to town the previous weekend and was put through a full schedule of press visits and media interviews arranged by event organizers. The highlight was a visit with performers in the world-famous 'Cirque du Soleil' which has been a major fixture in Mexico City for the last few years. This Wednesday, the same performers will meet up with Wagner again when they visit him and other Rolex Series and Champ Car drivers for a special go-kart race.
La Gran Final de la Serie Rolex Sports Car will air live on SPEED Channel, Saturday, November 5. Television coverage begins at 4:00 p.m. ET from Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, with continual Rolex Series coverage on Grand American's web site, www.grandamerican.com, throughout the race weekend.
The Grand American Road Racing Association, which operates and sanctions the Rolex Sports Car Series and the Grand-Am Cup Series, is the premier road racing organization in North America. The 14-race 2005 Rolex Series schedule and the 11-race Grand-Am Cup calendar deliver professional sports car racing to key markets throughout North America in addition to being televised in the United States and Canada on SPEED Channel and distributed globally through ESPN International. With title sponsorship support from Rolex Watch USA, the Rolex Sports Car Series showcases emerging and legendary drivers from around the globe and thoroughbred racing machines from the industry's leading constructors and the world's top automobile manufacturers. Learn more about Grand American at www.grandamerican.com.