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Dale Coyne Racing
Ricardo González
Roberto González

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Adrian Fernandez
Shinji Nakano

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Mario Dominguez

Mo Nunn Racing
Tony Kanaan

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Cristiano da Matta
Christian Fittipaldi

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Oriol Servia
Scott Dixon

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Townsend Bell

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Alexandre Tagliani
Patrick Carpentier

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Max Papis

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Bruno Junqueira
Kenny Brack

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Paul Tracy
Dario Franchitti

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Michael Andretti

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Jimmy Vasser
Michel Jourdain Jr.

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Tora Takagi

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Mexico City update
Pre-ticket sales done, tickets on sale to general public
July 30, 2002

The new garages and pit grandstand construction has begun.  That's Franco Soldati (L) talking with Klaus Porias

Mexico City, - The President of the Mexican Federation of Motor Sports (FMAD in Spanish), Franco Soldati, paid a visit to the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in México City, in order to witness first-hand the progress of the work being carried out at the track for CART's Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante, which will take place November 17th, as the final race of the 2002 FedEx Championship Series.

Franco was escorted around the track by Rubén Saldívar, general director of GRAND -joint venture of CIE and Forsythe Racing which organizes the Grand Prix- and Klaus Porias from On Track Operations.

During the visit, Franco was very pleased with the work already finished.  Currently the second phase of repaving is taking place from the Presidential turn to the First 'S'. He also took a look at the dismantling of the so-called 'Popedrome' (where John Paul II gave Mass a few years ago to over 1 million faithful) and mentioned it was time to see it taken down because "it obstructs the track and impedes using the historic 5K Grand Prix circuit layout". He also made some comments about increasing the usage of the track by modifying the "flat turn" in the 1 mile oval, and Saldívar commended the idea since "this will allow us to increase the possibilities of using the track all year long without restrictions imposed by other sports' seasonality".

Franco Soldati (L) and Klaus Porias survey the paving at Turn 1

Rubén concurred with Franco that support for motor sports "starts with an international series such as CART and filters down to the national series in an overall beneficial multiplying effect for motorsports".  He showed Franco the area on the main straight where permanent grandstands and supporting facilities are being built with over 25,000 seats, which, they agreed, guarantees a festive atmosphere for any motor sports event taking place at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.

By the way, yesterday was the end of the Banamex-Visa ticket pre-sale for the Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante, with over 25,000 three-day tickets sold already. Tickets are good for practice and qualifying on Friday 15th, practice, qualifying and races on Saturday 16th, and races on Sunday, November 17th, including the stellar CART Mexican Grand Prix in which three Mexican drivers compete - Michel Jourdain Jr. (Team Rahal), Mario Domínguez (Herdez Competition) and Adrián Fernández (Fernández Racing).

Ticket on now on sale to the general public.

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