CHAMPCAR/CART: Mexico City: Pre-race quoteboard

Gran Premio Telmex/Tecate Presented by Banamex Pre-Race Quotes Sebastien Bourdais ...

Gran Premio Telmex/Tecate Presented by Banamex Pre-Race Quotes

Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The goal for the season-finale for the McDonald's team will be just like in Surfer's; go for the win. There is no pressure anymore championship-wise and we just want to have fun and try to keep winning races. That's the fun part of racing. There are not many times during the season that you can put the championship-thinking mode away and we are going to enjoy ourselves in Mexico City. The track in Mexico City is a very neat road course. There is a big diversity of corners between slow, medium and high speed and there are some chicanes and esses. You've got it all in Mexico City. It's quite fast and really enjoyable. There are also big crowds so it can barely be better than it is. It's the biggest crowd we have all season so it's hard to improve on that."

Oriol Servia #2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The last race of the season is very important because everyone wants to end the season on a high note. But for us especially because we are in a position to finish 1-2 in the championship and that would be great. In the history of the team they have only done it once before so it would be a great achievement and I would be proud to help them earn it by putting the PacifiCare car up there. The track in Mexico City is great, it's a real road course. The track provides more overtaking possibilities than other places so, although qualifying is important like everywhere else, you can still have a good race if you don't qualify well. Mexico City is a great place to race in. It's the biggest city in the world so there is a great energy. Champ Car set their record for attendance there and our biggest crowds of the season are there every year. It's a great feeling to end the season on a high note there with all the fans cheering. It's great at the start of the race when you see all the grandstands full and you go on the parade lap and you see all the fans there shouting. You can almost hear them saying your name and it's a great feeling."

Alex Tagliani #15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The track at Mexico City has a lot of really good high speed corners, especially the chicane over on the back part of the course. It really has a little bit of everything -- including a street course type section inside the baseball stadium. Overall it is pretty demanding and a challenging place to get the car right for. The aim for the weekend is to keep fighting hard to grab a top five spot in the championship. I am only seven points from 5th spot but it will be a very tight battle with those guys I am fighting with. Bad luck cost me some points early in the year, but it will now be very important to finish with a good result. That will give the Aussie Vineyards team a great springboard for 2006."

Jimmy Vasser #12 Gulfstream/PKV Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The Gulfsteam/PKV Racing team has had back-to-back podium performances, which has put us in the hunt for a top-five finish in the standings. Our goal at this point is to finish in the top-five. We are in a tight race with Allmendinger (A. J.) and Dominguez (Mario) and there is also an outside chance that fourth place is up for grabs, so it all comes down to this final race in Mexico City. If this is my final race, and that will not be decided until the middle of December, it would be great to win, or at least place on the podium in my last event and finish in the top-five in the standings."

Timo Glock #8 DHL Global Mail Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It is great that we were able to wrap up the Rookie-of-the-Year title in Australia, but we still have one more thing to accomplish this season -- a win. That is my main concern this weekend, to be able to give back to my Rocketsports team for what they have done for me this season. It will be nice to get back to racing on a natural terrain road course; those are one of my specialties. Although I will have to learn the track at the start of the weekend, just as I have had to do at all the venues we raced at this season, I plan to learn it quickly so we can focus on getting a perfect set up for qualifying and race day. Hopefully we can repeat our success in Montreal, the last road course we participated on, but this time come home with the win. It is hard to believe this is the last race of the season, but what a great place to have our finale. Mexico is a great place to race, I really enjoyed myself in Monterrey because all the fans were great, and I look forward to racing in front of all the fans in Mexico City. It should be a great weekend for all."

Ronnie Bremer #19 American Medical Response Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It has been a good season for me overall. I am going to Mexico City with the intention of securing tenth in the drivers championship which I think is a good result for my rookie year and a good result for Dale Coyne Racing any our sponsor AMR. My season started out looking good with HVM and unfortunately I was unable to stay there for financial reasons. However, Dale Coyne gave me the opportunity to continue, which I am very thankful for. Coming up from Atlantics it was an honor to be given the opportunity by Dale and AMR to continue my Rookie season and I think we had a strong season along the way. I have learned a lot this year; it feels good to have a season under my belt and hopefully a top ten in the standings. Next year will be completely different now that I know the cars and the tracks so I will be racing for wins and hopefully fighting for the championship. This is a fantastic racing series, we've created a lot of Scandinavian fans this year and I'll make sure to give them something to cheer about this weekend in Mexico City."

Cristiano Da Matta #21 Bell Micro/PKV Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Heading into the final race of the season the goal for the Bell Micro/PKV Racing team is to finish in the top-10 in the standings. We are only five points out of 10th place and based on the way the car performed in qualifying at Surfers Paradise, I am confident we can achieve that goal. The whole PKV Racing team has worked very hard this year and I would like to finish off the season with a very good performance in Mexico City. Hopefully, we can end the year with one car in the top-five and both in the top-10 in the final standings."

Andrew Ranger #27 Tide\Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It's great to return to the country where I scored my best result of the season when I placed second at Monterrey back in May. It certainly puts the team in a good frame of mind as we try to close out the year with a solid showing. It's been a challenging season with many ups and downs, but I am proud of my crew and the whole team for pulling together. It would be a fantastic reward for everyone involved to finish in the top-10 in the overall standings, a goal that is within reach with only 11 points separating us from Ronnie (Bremer) for 10th spot."

Nelson Philippe #34 Wellbox Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Viva Mexico! I am ecstatic about going to Mexico City for our final race. I feel at home there and I love the people. This year I will be wearing the Mexico colors on my helmet as a tribute to all their great fans. It's also our last race of the year and I am still looking for a very strong result. Luck hasn't been on my side this year but we continue to push and move forward because we know we are not far away. The Mi-Jack Conquest Racing team has been fantastic all year and I feel that we have all improved in every aspect of racing. We will be sharp, confident and I will do my best this weekend to ensure a great finish."

Rodolfo Lavin #55 CTE-HVM Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Every time I come home to race in Mexico, it is a dream come true for me. I can't really describe the feeling, it is overwhelming, the fans are so supportive of us Mexican drivers. Their enthusiasm is incredible, they are amazing race fans and for me it is really an incredible honor to race in front of them. You can feel the crowd on race day, just before race starts, on grid and during the formation laps the environment is amazing and these are my proudest moments as a Mexican Champ Car driver. There would be nothing better than to give them a podium finish. We will work very hard this weekend to do just that. Thank you to my sponsors, this is a very big weekend for Corona, they give me such fantastic support, they are my sponsors but also my friends and I intend to represent them to the best of my ability, I would be so proud to give them a podium as well."

Fabrizio Del Monte #4 CTE-HVM Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I am looking forward to my second race with CTE-HVM Racing. I learned a lot in Australia and I am looking forward to applying everything I learned at Mexico City. I have heard a lot about this event and I am very happy to be racing there."

Michael McDowell #31 Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "After making my Champ Car debut in Australia, I am confident with myself and the Rocketsports team and we are ready for a great performance in Mexico City. Now that I have been through one event, I know what to expect out of the race weekend while competing in a Champ Car. I feel that the first event went really well, and this next one can only be better. We will focus really hard to get the #31 Commercial Defeasance/Rocketsports car in the top five. It will be a busy weekend for me, as I will be driving both the Rocketsports' Champ Car and the Finlay Motorsports' Daytona Prototype in the Grand American Rolex Series. It will be the last race for both series, and it is really exciting that I can participate in both events. From what I hear, the Mexicans really love their racing, so it should be a very fun weekend putting on a good show for them in both series."

Will Power #5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Basically I am looking forward to getting back in the car again. These couple of races are all about seat time for me before I head into my first full rookie season. I am looking forward to completing a race without any drama and learning as much as I possibly can. From what I hear about Mexico it is a pretty fast track and that's something that I certainly like. I just need to stay out of trouble and get the miles."

Homero Richards #50 Nextel Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Thanks to NEXTEL and HVM for making this weekend possible for me. NEXTEL has been incredible to me and I am really excited to do well this weekend at our home race. We had a good test and I have a strong group of people working with me, so I am optimistic about a successful weekend. I have been waiting for this opportunity and I am excited that it is finally here, I can't wait to race in front of my home crowd, it will be incredible."

Charles Zwolsman #25 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "This has been a tremendous year for me personally and Condor Motorsports. I have to thank Team Australia and Kevin Kalkhoven and his Champ Car operation for making this weekend's ride possible. The goal has been to reach the Champ Car ranks for sometime and I am really looking forward to the experience. Team Australia has really made an impact this season on and off the track and I believe I will learn a lot this weekend in so many areas."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Alex Tagliani , Oriol Servia , Michael McDowell , Sébastien Bourdais , Rodolfo Lavin , Nelson Philippe , Ronnie Bremer , Andrew Ranger , Charles Zwolsman , Timo Glock , Will Power , Homero Richards , Kevin Kalkhoven , Dale Coyne
Teams HVM Racing , Dale Coyne Racing