Paul Tracy, ...
Paul Tracy, #1 Indeck Forsythe Racing Lola/Ford
Paul Tracy started the Mexico City Gran Premio from 6th place and after an early incident which damaged the race car he clawed his way from 18th back up to a 10th place finish in a determined fight for championship points.
"You can't help being pumped up for this race in Mexico City ... the Mexican fans are incredible; the grandstands were full and the noise was amazing! I had a good start but then was spun by Jimmy [Vasser] and we had some damage to the car -- an under vane came off and we lost about 1% of our aerodynamic down force straight away. Later a spinning car in front of me caused a contact and whilst my end of race result was not what I'd hoped for, we did claw our way from 18th after the accidents back to a 10th place finish with some of those places made up on the track and some through great pit stops."
"I'm thankful to have been able to compete this year as the Champion, and congratulate Sebastien on his victory here in Mexico -- and of course my team mate Patrick Carpentier for his third place in the season standings -- its been a good clean battle with Pat all year, and I'm pleased to have finished 4th overall. Through this season I've learned a lot and we'll come back next season even stronger ... and I'd like to take this opportunity to also thank Ford and Cosworth for outstanding performance and reliability, and Bridgestone for consistent and high quality tires."
Patrick Carpentier, #7 Indeck Forsythe Racing Lola/Ford
Patrick Carpentier finished in 6th place and on the lead lap, gaining sufficient additional championship points to place him a very creditable 3rd in the Champ Car 2004 World Series standings.
"I'm very happy to have made up places in this last race of the year and to have finished 3rd in the Championship -- that was my goal today. I was not feeling too well yesterday and this morning and I wasn't sure how I would physically last during the race here in the Mexican heat ... but when Paul went backwards after his early contact that took some of the pressure off me in terms of the championship. My car was excellent today, with the Ford Cosworth engine giving me good power and my Bridgestone tires held on really well all day -- I was running in the low '89s during the race -- thank you Ford and Bridgestone for a great year. And thank you Mexico for an incredible welcome and a fantastic event!"
Rodolfo Lavin, #3 Corona Forsythe Racing Lola/Ford
Rodolfo Lavin had a frustrating weekend in Mexico City chasing a balanced set up in time for the race. Having been 4th fastest on Saturday's morning practice, Rodolfo was disappointed to start the race from 13th -- the position in which he finished, but after a race that saw him make up three places on the track in the early laps and running faster than his immediate competition for much of the race.
"I made up two places in the start and a third when Paul [Tracy] had his incident ... and we ran in 10th for a long time; with fast consitent laps and I was chasing Jourdain who was ahead of me. My first pit stop was good, but somehow I lost places after the second stop ... I'm sure no one passed me on the track. My race car was pushing a bit, but overall it was pretty good. This was disappointing for me in Mexico City."
"I have had a great first year with my new team Corona Forsythe Racing and my team mates Paul tracy and Patrick Carpentier -- I've learnt a lot from them both and my championship points have improved from 17 last season to 156 points this year; with my Vancouver Qualifying (2nd) and my podium at Road America being highlights of the year. Next year I expect to be back and competing at an even higher level. Corona are a great partner and sponsor of the team -- both on and off the race track, and I look forward to representing them and to bringing even stronger results in 2005."