CHAMPCAR/CART: Mexico City: Pre-event quoteboard

PRE-RACE QUOTES MEXICO CITY Sebastien Bourdais ...


Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonalds Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (1st, 332 points) - "I hope the McDonald's team can put on a good show again in Mexico City. Obviously you don't want to finish your career in the series with some frustration or regret. It would be great to have a good weekend again. We'll give our very best and hope we can finish in style. It's a really fun track. Obviously it's very bumpy which is the only downside but it makes it more challenging because it's difficult to read it and the grip is not its best. Obviously the fact that we are at a higher altitude, the top speed is quite high. There are some very different corners and so-called chicanes but it is pretty fast. There are some left and right corners with some slow, very minimum speed corners and it goes all through the ranks. It's has everything. It really is a fun and challenging track. You need to find the right balance, the right setup which is always a big compromise because of the slow and fast corners."

Justin Wilson #9 CDW Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (2nd, 270 points) -- "The Autodromo [Hermanos Rodriguez] is a track I really enjoy and I hope we can continue where we left off last year. Mexico City has always been a successful event for us as a team, so we're looking forward to going out and getting pole position and will be trying hard to win the race. Finishing 2nd in the championship is really important to the whole team and everyone at RuSPORT is determined to go out on top. On Friday and Saturday we'll be completely focused on going for pole position. If we can do that, we'll have a good shot at the race win and 2nd in the championship."

Robert Doornbos #14 Minardi Team USA Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (3rd, 262 points) -- "It's a shame that the Champ Car season is coming to an end but time flies when you're having fun! I think it's great that Mexico is hosting the final race, and even though the Championship has already been decided in favor of Sebastian Bourdais, I would like to announce a very hard battle in who will become the vice-champion of CCWS in 2007. I know that I'm one of only a few drivers who has never seen the circuit but that has been the case almost every weekend this season. I trust my team and engineers' experience, and with my motivation being as high as at the start of the season I'm sure we can do a good job and hopefully finish where we started the season....on the podium!!!"

Will Power #5 Aussie Vineyards Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (4th, 234 points) - "Mexico City is a track I really enjoy. This will be my third time back. Last year I got my first podium in Champ Car there. After the last couple of races we are definitely due for a bit of good luck and I would be disappointed not to have a strong finish to the season. We found some really good things when we tested the Aussie Vineyards car in Sebring that I think will work for this track, so I expect to be strong in the first session and look to do the same this year and end the season on a high in Mexico."

Graham Rahal #2 Medi | Zone Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (5th, 220 points) - "I'm looking forward to racing in Mexico City for the first time. The track definitely suits my style because it has very fast corners and is very windy for a long duration. It's definitely quick and favors my style so hopefully the Medi | Zone team can finish the season with a good result and hang on to fifth place. I came to the race last year as a spectator. It was very interesting because it was run in the wet and dry and everyone had to anticipate the changes. It was very difficult. Hopefully it will be another good race this year and we can be one of the contenders. Having to adapt quickly to new layouts is something I think we all have had to get used to in this series. We have all grown up having to get used to new circuits very quickly. You basically have to show up and do a good job. I watch as many tapes as possible, pay close attention on the track walk and look at as much data as I can."

Bruno Junqueira #19 Sonny's Bar-B-Q Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (7th, 216 points) - "We want to continue the streak of three straight podium finishes by concluding the 2007 Champ Car World Series season with a win for the Dale Coyne Racing team. The team has done a great job these last three races by giving me a two third's and a second place finish. I would love to give Dale Coyne Racing their first win in the series this weekend in Mexico City. Our goal is to run another strong race so that we can capture fifth place in the final driver points standings."

Simon Pagenaud #15 Aussie Vineyards Coworth/DP01/Bridgestone (8th, 213 points) -- "I'm really looking forward to the Mexico City race. In 2005, Mexico City was my very first Champ Car race that I saw live, so it really stood out in my mind and to get to race there this year for the first time, is extremely exciting. I love the city and the fans seem to be great, so it will be very interesting to see how we do. The last couple of races Team Australia and the Aussie Vineyards car has really improved and I am looking to have a good result this weekend and I can't wait to get back to a road course."

Alex Tagliani #8 Rocketsports Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (10th, 197 points) -- "Going to Mexico City is always a little bit sad because it is our last race of the Champ Car season. However, it is always a great event, which brings out the best in the Champ Car drivers and the people of Mexico. Mexico City's Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez is a drivers' track that is unlike any other on the Champ Car circuit. It combines fast straights with very technical curve sections that challenge team and driver to develop a combination that balances mechanical grip, straight line speed and overall stability to create a winning car. I look forward to the challenge, both personally and with my Rocketsports team, in hopes of finishing the 2007 Champ Car season off on a high note."

Dan Clarke #4 Minardi Team USA Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (13h, 125 points) -- "I love racing in Mexico, and with the additional P2P it should make for some great racing! I feel we've really improved as a team over the course of the season. Even though the end results aren't necessarily what we wanted, we have all made great strides. There has been a lot of bad luck following me around, but I can't let that get to me - I just take the races one weekend at a time. This is our last chance in 2007 to prove we're front runners, and I'm confident in the guys, and in myself, that this is a realistic goal."

Katherine Legge #11 Dale Coyne Racing Coworth/DP01/Racing (16th, 102 points) -- "It's been a tough season for our team. We have been running a lot better in the past three races. Hopefully we can end the season on a high note in Mexico City like we started the season with a six place finish in Las Vegas. I would love to end the season with a podium finish."

Alex Figge #29 PCM Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (17th, 85 points) - "I am really excited for the race in Mexico City this weekend. It is the home race for Mario (Dominguez) my teammate and from what I understand it gets pretty exciting down there. It hasn't been an easy season, we've had a lot of ups and downs but we've also made a lot of progress. I am looking forward to ending the season on a high note for my team and TECATE."

Mario Dominguez #28 PCM Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (18th, 62 points) -- "I am very excited to be racing in Mexico City again, having TECATE as a sponsor on my car makes me very proud and I hope I can do a fantastic job for them. Nothing would make me happier than giving the Mexican fans a great result in my home country."

Nelson Philippe #34 Juniper Group Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (19th, 19 points) -- "As always, I'm thrilled to be back in Mexico as this will once again feel like my home race. I came here a month ago and did lots of media for Champ Car and found myself having a great time with all my Mexican friends. After coming off a positive result in Surfers, I am very excited about getting on track on Friday. The Conquest Racing Team has a great road course car and I am eager to see how the DP01 will react when I throw it around the S's of the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez! We will only be satisfied with a podium finish in the race and that will be our goal all weekend. Even though I may have missed almost the whole season, I feel up to speed and confident that I can bring the guys another trophy. I am also looking forward to the 100HP Power to Pass for this race, I am sure it will bring lots of excitement for fans as well as drivers with many more passing opportunities!"

David Martinez #7 Indeck Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (21st, 11 points) -- "I can't wait for the weekend to get started! I've been in Mexico City for almost a week now and we've been working really hard promoting the race and making sure that this event is as successful as possible. The buzz and the excitement are definitely building up and I think that we are going to put on a great show for all the Mexican fans. I'm very excited to be able to race in front of my people again, and I'm especially excited because AXTEL and Tecate have come on board. It's great to have Mexican sponsors supporting Champ Car again, we've just found out that the contract for this race has been extended so we need to keep building momentum so we can get Champ Car back to where it was a few years ago in Mexico."

-credit: ccws

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Bruno Junqueira , Alex Tagliani , Graham Rahal , Mario Dominguez , Sébastien Bourdais , Robert Doornbos , Katherine Legge , Alex Figge , David Martinez , Nelson Philippe , Will Power , Daniel Clarke , Simon Pagenaud , Dale Coyne
Teams Conquest Racing , Dale Coyne Racing