MEXICO CITY (September 23, 2002) - Following up on their promise to honor some of Mexico's greatest racing heroes and coming just one week after the fabled Jo Ramirez was named as this year's Grand Marshal of the Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante in ...
MEXICO CITY (September 23, 2002) - Following up on their promise to honor some of Mexico's greatest racing heroes and coming just one week after the fabled Jo Ramirez was named as this year's Grand Marshal of the Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante in México City, the promoters of the Nov. 17 race announced that part of the renovated Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez would be named after another famous native son.
Héctor Rebaque, who was the first Mexican driver ever to win a Champ Car race, will be immortalized at the track with the naming of the Rebaque GP Cut. The 'cut' or 'return' is the section of the 2.75-mile race course that leads on to the front stretch and was popularized in 1986 when the circuit was redesigned to host the Formula 1 cars.
Rebaque was joined by his family and friends as he directed the placing of the final concrete barrier into the area that makes up the curve. The barrier carries an inscription commemorating Rebaque's 1982 win at Road America and will be replaced by a permanent bronze plaque when the track is officially reinaugurated next November.
"GRAND wants to pay homage to those who formed the foundations of the legend of Mexican racing and Rebaque is one of them," said Rubén Saldívar, director of GRAND -the joint enterprise by CIE and Forsythe Racing which promotes the Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante in México City. "Because of that, on the same day 20 years removed when Héctor hoisted the Mexican flag at Elkhart Lake, we are pleased to name this area of the track as the Rebaque GP Cut. It also means that we have entwined the four greatest Mexican drivers at the Autódromo which carries the name of the brothers Ricardo and Pedro Rodríguez and has the Moisés Solana Esses at the end of the straight and now the Rebaque GP Cut."