CHAMPCAR/CART: Jo Ramirez to serve as Grand Marshal at Mexico City

MEXICO CITY (September 17, 2002) - As the Mexican fans prepare to welcome the current generation of their native racing heroes when the CART FedEx Championship Series heads to Mexico City for the November 17 Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante presented by...

MEXICO CITY (September 17, 2002) - As the Mexican fans prepare to welcome the current generation of their native racing heroes when the CART FedEx Championship Series heads to Mexico City for the November 17 Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante presented by Banamex-Visa, they will at the same time get a chance to honor a major figure from the past as Jo Ramirez will serve as the race's Grand Marshal.

Ramirez was a key figure in the world of Formula 1 racing for nearly 40 years, winning F1 championships with the likes of Sir Jackie Stewart, Ayrton Senna, Niki Lauda, Alain Prost and Mika Hakkinen. He joined Ricardo Rodriguez (one of the Rodriguez brothers for which the Mexico City track is named) at Ferrari in 1962 before moving to join the legendary Dan Gurney at All American Racers. He went on to Tyrrell where he was a part of Stewart's title-winning effort in 1973 and made stops at Copersucar with the Fittipaldi brothers and Shadow before joining McLaren in 1983. He served as team coordinator with McLaren for nine World Championships before retiring at the USGP in 2001.

"GRAND's (the joint enterprise by CIE and Forsythe Racing which promotes the Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante in México City) idea since it started eyeing motor sports was honoring pioneers and legends of Mexican sport, and Jo fits both kinds," said Rubén Saldívar, general director of GRAND. "We are pleased he has accepted this honorary position and we hope his presence will contribute to strengthen our commitment with the history of Mexican racing as well as moving on to create its own history for the 21st  century."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mika Hakkinen , Ricardo Rodríguez , Jackie Stewart , Dan Gurney , Niki Lauda , Alain Prost , Ayrton Senna , Jo Ramirez