Having seen his countryman Sean McIntosh secure victory in the last race of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Patrick Carpentier will hope that his past knowledge in Monterrey will keep the team at the front this weekend in Mexico.

The five-time Champ Car race winner and current IRL racer has been drafted in for the event given his previous knowledge of the venue - with three top-eight finishes in four starts during his time in the Champ Car World Series.

Eager to return to a circuit he enjoys, Carpentier admitted he was excited at the prospect of representing his nation.

"I'm really looking forward to my opportunity to fly the flag for Canada," he said. "Sean gave me a nice present to welcome me to the team with his win in Indonesia and I believe as a result of that the whole team will be on an upswing heading into this weekend.

"I'm excited to be returning to Monterrey as I know the track pretty well, it's a fun circuit and it's just a beautiful place to go racing! For sure it's going to be difficult just to jump into the car with no prior testing but I'll just take everything one step at a time. The most important thing is to be comfortable with the car heading into Sunday's races as I've seen that the drivers with a decent race pace can make up position as events on track unfold.

"I'm aiming for a strong run come Sunday afternoon having built up time in the car on Friday and Saturday. I'm excited to race for A1 Team Canada and I'm looking forward to my first taste of A1 Grand Prix!"



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