Michel Jourdain Jr has been confirmed as the latest face to feature in A1 Team Mexico's car, having been called up for this weekend's double-header event at Brno.

The former Champ Car and NASCAR regular replaces Mexican A1 stalwart Salvador Duran for the Czech event, returning to a single-seater for the first time since taking up touring car ambitions with SEAT in the WTCC.

"We decided to ask Michel to represent Mexico as he has the experience gained in the Champ Car World Series," team vice-president Julio Jauregui explained, "The fact that he knows the track at Brno, having already raced there in mid-June, give us an extra advantage.

"We will have eighty per cent of the same personnel that worked with us at Zandvoort and we will also have the same engineer. Therefore, from the technical point of view, Michel can be confident that he will have a good car. In addition, we've also got him to participate in the rookie sessions and I think that this will help him to get to know the car quickly. We hope to achieve good results step by step."

Jourdain admitted that he was excited about getting the chance to step back into an open-wheel car, especially in a series where the competition was so close.

"I am grateful to Julio, Juan and Jose Ramon from A1 Team Mexico for inviting me to participate with them in the A1GP series," he said, "Besides that, they are very good friends of mine. People who know me, know that I like to drive any type of cars, and this is a good opportunity to represent Mexico.

"From what I have seen about the A1GP Series, it is growing and doing very well. It has been a long time since I drove a single-seater, but I expect that I can adapt quickly to the car. I already know the track, as I raced at Brno almost four months ago. It is a very quick circuit, very wide, and I don't understand why Formula One has never been there. The facility is amazing and in that A1 car is going to be a lot of fun."

 

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