Mexico City preview, Mexican F-3 FIA sanctioned. The second race of the 1997 Montana Grand Prix Series' schedule has been confirmed and will be the first race really after the Monterrey cancellation. It seems that the 4 km. circuit will be used...
Mexico City preview, Mexican F-3 FIA sanctioned.
The second race of the 1997 Montana Grand Prix Series' schedule has been confirmed and will be the first race really after the Monterrey cancellation. It seems that the 4 km. circuit will be used instead of the 4.421 km F-1 circuit, since the lap times are shorter and thus making it a more interesting race for the fans in the only permanent stands which are in front of the finish line, the main one in the outside with a good view of the former-banked curve and the sun-roof one above the pits with access to the pits and paddock area, but more restricted view of the race itself.
All 1996 participating teams have confirmed their taking part, the changes being in some of the sponsors and in the drivers line-up. One of the absentees will be Scottish Rod MacLeod, the 1996 champion who moved to the so called F-3000 in a 3.5 liter V-6 powered Lola Canel's Team car. His GO/Quaker State car goes to rookie Luis M. Diaz, former Reynard 2000 driver, alongside Irish Derek Higgins who is running both series.
The Montana cars will be driven by Gilberto Jimenez, 1996 runner-up and Costarican Javier Collado substituting Brazilian Oswaldo Negri who goes to the Indy Lights Series.The other Monterrey based team, Mexlub, will have Argentinian Waldemar Coronas and former Indy Lights driver and Gilberto's brother, Cesar Jimenez who also was this same F-3's 1992 Champion.
Alberto Lozano and GALI Team have joined forces and together will start three cars for Eduardo Galicia, the one with a yellow Pennzoil body and the others for Eduardo's younger brother Rodrigo (if he passes the rppkie test) and the third one possibly for Canadian Graeme Pepplar. The Richards brothers, Homero and Horacio will partner in the Corona/Perea cars with Jose L. Perea driving a 903 chassis, all three powered by Perea VW based engines.
Alejandro Villasana from San Luis Potosi will fight with or without Canel's backing and Eduardo Troconis goes on with his father's Bosh sponsored car.
The Sentra Team didn't sign with Coca Cola but will be there anyway with 1996 rookie of the year Carlos Peralta and 1996 Reynard Formula Champion, Jose A. Ramos.
Enthusiastic Jorge Comas will have Luis F. Perea and Franco Sfara and promises his best season yet. Luis showed his possibilities in the Monterrey qualifying, but every body has the same intentions so a very competitve season is expected, with Gilberto Jimenez and Derek Higgins as favorites, mainly for their experience.
Hector Sanchez-Rosaldo. May 1997.