CHAMPCAR/CART: Mexico City: CTE Racing HVM race report

Nelson Philippe Captures Fourth Place in Driver's Championship with Seventh-Place Finish in Mexico City; Promising Weekend for Dan Clarke Ends Early with Mechanical Failure CTE Racing HVM driver Nelson Philippe captured fourth place in the ...

Nelson Philippe Captures Fourth Place in Driver's Championship with Seventh-Place Finish in Mexico City; Promising Weekend for Dan Clarke Ends Early with Mechanical Failure

CTE Racing HVM driver Nelson Philippe captured fourth place in the 2006 Champ Car World Series Driver's Championship with seventh-place finish in the Gran Premio Telmex in Mexico City. The result is Philippe's eighth top-ten finish of the 2006 season, and accomplishment he added to his three podium finishes and his first career Champ Car victory in Surfer's Paradise, Australia.

His teammate, Dan Clarke, was the victim of mechanical failure and was forced to retire from the race after only seven laps. Clarke finishes the season in second place in the Champ Car Rookie of the Year standings behind Will Power, and 12th in the Driver's Championship standings.

Nelson Philippe: "Obviously, I have mixed emotions today. On one hand, I'm a bit disappointed with seventh place, but that's an improvement from our tenth place start. The car was really difficult to drive in the rain. The weather really affected our performance today. On the other hand, I'm very happy with fourth place in the driver's championship. It's been a long, hard season, and it's a bit disappointing that it has to end now. But I'm happy with fourth in the championship. I'd like to thank every single member of my CTE Racing HVM team. The crew of the No. 4 car, the No. 14 car crew, the crew at the shop, and everyone involved with this team. These guys are the bomb, and without them, I wouldn't be here."

Dan Clarke: "Thanks to the hard work we put in for the races in Denver, Montreal and Road America, we were breaking records trying to gain points on Will Power, and at Road America, we really put some pressure on him. But, if someone had told me at that point that we wouldn't even finish the next two races, I would have said that's a raw deal. But that's what happened. Will ended his season in the best way possible, and I ended my season in the worst way possible. I think we have a great team, and this isn't just a loss for me...it's a loss for the crew, as well. They do a professional job. Sometimes, bad stuff just happens and you have to deal with it. I want to work positively toward next year with this team, who have helped me out more times than I can count. I want to thank the entire CTE Racing HVM team. I also want to thank my sponsors, Ticketmaster, The Australian Pink Floyd Show and the Imagine charity, as well as Chas Cole, my manager, who has stuck with me since 2002."

Keith Wiggins, Team Owner/Managing Director: "I'm a bit disappointed. I was hoping for a better result to finish the season. It's a shame for Dan, but Nelson drove a good race. Now we'll focus on coming back strong next year."

-credit: cte racing hvm

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Nelson Philippe , Will Power , Dan Clarke