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The weather was beautiful, warm and sunny on Wednesday at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez as the two Daytona Beach-based racing series arrived in Mexico City.

The Grand American Racing Association sportscar transporters convoyed into the track and spent the day setting up in preparation for its first day of practice on Thursday at the Mexican road racing circuit. NASCAR, meanwhile, had support vehicles but no Busch Series team haulers yet. That comes Thursday. All things in due time.

The Grand-Am Rolex Series is running a different track configuration this year. The run through the stadium has been eliminated and the course now includes the famed Peraltada. This means new track records. Busch is running the same course it ran last year, with a chicane on the long front straight. The Grand-Am course is 2.5-miles, and the Busch course is 2.518-miles.

NASCAR has the most cosmopolitan entry list in the 25-year history of the Busch Series. There are now eight Mexican drivers, two Canadians and a Belgian among the 47 entries for the 43-car field.

On Wednesday, another Mexican driver was added to the list. PATRICK GOETERS of San Luis Potosi will drive the #58 Glynn Motorsports Chevrolet in place of DONNIE NEUENBERGER. Patrick is the second Goeters to enter the Mexico City round of the Busch Series. His brother, JORGE - last year's polesitter - is also entered, driving Brewco's #66 Scotiabank Inverlet Ford owned by CLARENCE BREWER. Jorge wants to form a team with a third brother, EDUARDO, who is also a racer. There are four Goeters racing brothers.

Another Mexican Busch driver this weekend has already formed a team. CARLOS CONTRERAS, who drove in 70 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races, joined with ARMANDO FITZ, to form a team to run 14 Desafio Corona stock car races this season in Mexico. Fitz is the owner running Contreras in #14 Goulds Pumps Dodge this weekend.

ADRIAN FERNANDEZ, an icon in Mexican sports, not just motorsports, is running both Grand-Am and Busch this weekend. In Busch, he's again driving for RICK HENDRICK in the #57 Lowe's Chevrolet. In Grand-Am, Fernandez is running his own team and co-driving with MARIO HABERFELD of Brazil in the #12 Lowe's Fernandez Racing Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype.

MICHEL JOURDAIN Jr (#15 Roshfrans Oil Ford) is running for JILL BURGDOFF this weekend. Last year, Jourdain Jr ran 20 Busch Series races.

CARLOS PARDO of Mexico City, the 2004 Desafio Corona champion, is adding Busch to his stock car resume. Pardo is running the #34 Telcel Chevrolet for FRANK CICI. Pardo previously ran two NASCAR Busch North races.



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