Top ten finish for French young rookie in his second Champ Car race Monterrey Mexico (Sunday May 23, 2004) - Under the heat of the Mexican sun, Rocketsports driver Nelson Philippe - the youngest ever driver to start a Champ Car World Series...
Top ten finish for French young rookie in his second Champ Car race Monterrey
Mexico (Sunday May 23, 2004) - Under the heat of the Mexican sun, Rocketsports driver Nelson Philippe - the youngest ever driver to start a Champ Car World Series season - continued to make his mark in the series finishing in the top ten in his second Champ Car World Series race.
Starting from the 17th position on the grid following a fuel problem during the qualifying session on Saturday, the young French rookie had great pits stops and despite two contacts manage to work his way through the field passing several confirmed drivers to finish 10th in the 72 lap race.
"We had several problems during qualifying but the car was very good for the race. I escaped damage after being hit twice on track. I was lucky to get away without problems and despite having to start at the back of the field each time kept my focus and pushed hard to take every opportunity to pass my opponents." commented Nelson Philippe.
"My team did a fantastic job through the pit stops and got me out on track in great time. I am very pleased with my results and thankful for the support I got from the Mexican crowd during the entire weekend. I love it down here and am already looking forward to come back next year".
Nelson Philippe who added 11 race points to the 8 he earned in Long Beach sits now 12th in the overall standing of the Champ Car World Series with 19 points. The race in Monterrey Mexico took place on May 23rd 2004.