CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: HVM preview

Bjorn Brings F1 Experience to His Champ Car Debut in Montreal, Rodolfo Enthusiastic for Another Top-Five BJORN WIRDHEIM, ...

Bjorn Brings F1 Experience to His Champ Car Debut in Montreal, Rodolfo Enthusiastic for Another Top-Five

BJORN WIRDHEIM, #4 HVM/Lola/Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone

Bjorn Returns to Montreal: Bjorn will compete this weekend at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve as Rookie in the Champ Car World Series, but, for the first time this season, it will be on a circuit he is familiar with. While driving for Jaguar Formula One Team in the 2004 FIA World Championship, Bjorn competed at the famed circuit.

Bjorn on Montreal:Montreal is the only track that we visit this year that I have raced on before. I was there last year with Jaguar for the Formula One race and I did the Friday practice. It is a track that I quite like and I have been really looking forward to this event for two reasons. The first, obviously because I already know the circuit and will not have to learn on Friday like I have had to at all of the other events this year. Second, because the HVM team had a very good car in Montreal last year and nearly won the race. From what I understand we will use pretty much the same setup as we used in Denver where we had a really good car. I am confident that if we get everything right in Montreal, we will get the result that we were capable of in Denver. The Montreal circuit has some really long straights and heavy braking zones. Last year, most of the work I did was on brakes, we were working to get them to last the whole race. I don't expect to have the same problem in Champ Car because the car is quite different but it is something we will have to look after. Montreal is more like a normal racing circuit although it still has a street circuit feel to it because in most places there is not a lot of run off area and the walls are very close to the track so you still have to be very careful when driving on the limit. That being said, I like the layout and I really enjoy the challenge of the margin with the wall, it should be a good weekend for us."

RODOLFO LAVIN, #55 HVM/Lola/Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone

Top-Five: Lavin earned a top-five finish in just his second race of 2005 two weeks ago at Denver. It was also only his second race with HVM Racing. The result was the first top-five finish for the HVM squad in 2005.

Rodolfo on Montreal:"I like the circuit and Montreal is a great city. The track has a very long straight; we will hit 180 or more so that is very exciting. The track can be a bit slippery, especially in the braking zones and when getting the power down exiting the hairpin. It is important to be gentle with the throttle, but you need to get a good exit out of that hairpin because it leads you to the straight, which is the best passing zone. I am very happy to be returning to Montreal, we had a good result in Denver and we look forward to carrying the momentum and improve our results. HVM had a very good car there last year and I am sure we will this year as well. I am looking forward to a strong result for my team HVM, and my sponsor Corona."


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