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09/02/07
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Champ Car drivers loved two European races
After two highly successful back-to-back events on European soil, drivers from the Champ Car World Series are enthusiastically looking forward to returning in 2008.

"It has been fantastic to come here and race at two great events," Wilson said.

"Champ Car has been to Europe before and had reasonable success but not enough to keep it coming back year after year.

"Today was fantastic, last week was great and I was saying to my guys on the grid, I think this track is 2.8 miles and there is 2.8 miles of banking and grandstands all the way around and it was full. It was incredible to see."

While Jan Heylen was disappointed in his home race result after suffering gearbox problems, the Belgian made up for it in neighboring Holland.

"For me to have the home race at Zolder, my home race, that by itself was fantastic in itself. But just as Justin said, both races have been a success.

"What stood out for me is how enthusiastic everyone was. All the parade laps, the autograph sessions – everyone was there to see the drivers.

"I am definitely looking forward to coming back again next year. Both promoters have done a really good job and I am sure they have learned a lot from it."

For Euro double-podium driver Bruno Junqueira, the return to Europe brought back many memories of his younger days.

"People here and in Belgium were very knowledgeable about the series. They were bringing pictures of myself from when I raced in Formula 3000 – I looked so young!" Junqueira said.

"The return to Europe has brought me a lot of good memories. Racing is a very big sport in Europe and a lot drivers from over here race in Champ Cars and the fans follow our championship very closely.

"The race today and the race in Belgium were just great. I had a lot of fun."

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