This Week in Ford Racing July 26, 2005 Champ Car World Series Marcus Marshall, driver of the No. 5 Aussie Vineyards/Team Australia Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola, carries some momentum into this weekend's inaugural Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix...
This Week in Ford Racing
July 26, 2005
Champ Car World Series
Marcus Marshall, driver of the No. 5 Aussie Vineyards/Team Australia Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola, carries some momentum into this weekend's inaugural Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San Jose (Calif.) following his best-ever Champ Car finish: 10th place at the West Edmonton Grand Prix of Edmonton two weekends ago. Marshall, in his first year in the Champ Car World Series, won Australian and British Formula 3 championships in 2003 and '04, respectively.
MARCUS MARSHALL - No. 5 Aussie Vineyards/Team Australia Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola
How are you feeling about your rookie year so far? "I'm really excited to be in Champ Car. So far, it's been really, really good. A few things could have gone my way a bit better, but I'm getting all my bad things out of the way. Finishing 10th in Edmonton was just what I needed - what the team needed. Champ Car is one of the toughest circuits in the world and I know I have to work very hard to get on the podium."
Being a rookie in this series, on average, how quickly have you been able to pick up on the layout of the track and figure out what you need to do to be successful? "To a certain extent, you can figure out a track in four laps, but there is always something else you always find throughout the weekend. If you can't pick up on a track quickly, then you're just out of luck. Usually within four or five laps you've got a good idea of it all. Alex (Tagliani, teammate) has been a big help. His knowledge of the Lola chassis, and knowing that Walker Racing did not have any knowledge of the Lola until this season - if we were racing Raynard, it would be a different story. I could say that Tag's our engineer, having brought a lot of experience from all those years racing the Lola chassis."
Aside from Alex, are there any other racers mentors in your career? "Other than Alex -- he's my role model for the moment. Seriously, in modern day, I'd say definitely Michael Schumacher. Schumacher has set the level for a lot of people to step up in the racing business"
When you return home, are there any young racers who look to you for racing guidance? "A guy who has backed me in motorsports for years, his two sons race go-karts, and when they race they think it's cool for me to be there and watch them. If I can help anyone at that age, I am more than welcome to share my knowledge. When I was that age, I didn't have anyone like that, so it probably slowed my progression down a bit. I learned the hard way. But if I can sort of speed things up for children interested in a racing career, I'd like to help."
ON THE INAUGURAL RACE AT SAN JOSE. "As a driver, we're all on even playing ground so that is a good thing. Knowledge for set-up -- no one has any idea. The person who guesses the best on set-up in a sense, to start, will be ahead. It will be a very interesting weekend."
Return visit to Australia... "I'm looking forward to Surfers Paradise because I know which direction it goes."