CHAMPCAR/CART: Mexico City: Walker Racing/Diaz Saturday report

Luis Diaz (R), ...

Luis Diaz (R), #25 Sun-Telcel-Motorola Ford-Cosworth XFE-Reynard- Bridgestone

Diaz thrilled his hometown crowd during this afternoon's final qualifying session for the Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante presented by Banamex/Visa by earning the tenth spot on the starting grid in his #25 Sun-Telcel-Motorola Champ Car prepared by Walker Racing. The impressive effort, in just his second Champ Car start, earns him the honor of the second fastest Mexican driver. Diaz showed signs of what was to follow in qualifying by posting the third fastest time in the qualifying warm-up just a few tenths of second behind Walker Racing teammate Darren Manning.

"This is such a great feeling! We had such a short time to pull together this team of young, talented professionals and they have done an amazing job for me. This is not an easy accomplishment, but it's a credit to the team as individuals and as a whole. I have to thank Walker Racing for putting the team together and for the reception that I've had from the entire team. I have to thank my engineer, Al Bodey, for today and for the other Walker Racing engineers who've worked to make the whole team strong this weekend. I'm especially grateful to my sponsors - Sun, Telcel and Motorola - for giving me this opportunity. I think the #25 car and crew are quite capable of a top-five finish in front of this fantastic Mexico City crowd tomorrow."

Fast Facts: Will make his second Champ Car start in the 2003 Mexico Gran Premio, Contested the 2002 Mexico City event substituting for injured countryman Adrian Fernandez

Sun-Telcel-Motorola Sun Microsystems, the worldwide leader of net computing solutions provider for companies, government and institutions, Telcel, the leading wireless carrier in Mexico, and Motorola, the leading provider in communication solutions, have joined together to support and promote racing in Mexico, an exciting sporting event that calls thousands of followers into the race tracks to live the intensity and adrenaline of high speed.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Darren Manning , Adrian Fernandez , Luis Diaz