Strong Start for David Martinez in Mexico Mexico City, Mexico -- November 9, 2007 -- David Martinez got off to a strong stara today at the historic Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez race track today by qualifying provisionally in the seventh...
Strong Start for David Martinez in Mexico
Mexico City, Mexico -- November 9, 2007 -- David Martinez got off to a strong stara today at the historic Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez race track today by qualifying provisionally in the seventh position for Sunday's Gran Premio Tecate. After running into a series of problems during morning practice the Monterrey native managed to recover during qualifying and turn a lap of 1m26.056s in his #7 INDECK/Axtel/Tecate, placing the rookie in front of much more experienced drivers in Champ Car.
This will be the second time that the Mexican driver races in Mexico City, last year he made his Series debut at the same track qualifying and finishing ninth. It was the most successful debut by a Mexican driver in Champ Car history. Martinez returned to Champ Car this year at the tricky Surfers Paradise street circuit where once again he managed to finish in the top ten.
The 25 year old driver has been in Mexico City for over ten days promoting the last round of the Champ Car World Series and taking part of many media events. He also announced the support of Axtel and Tecate as his official sponsors, strengthening the presence of Mexican sponsors in Champ Car.
Qualified seventh provisionally
"It was a very good day, I'm very happy with how things went and it just feels great to be back in the car. We've been working really hard for over a week with all the promotion for this race and it definitely paid off because there were a lot of people here today. There is a great atmosphere here and I am really proud to be able to have Axtel and Tecate supporting me.
I have been pushing every single lap and I'm very happy with my qualifying result, but I know I can still go faster tomorrow. The car was great, one of the best cars I've ever driven, I really have to thank my engineer Brandon Fry and Tom Brown because they put a rocket under me.
Tomorrow we'll keep pushing and we will keep making the car faster and hopefully finish even father up the grid for final qualifying."