Herdez Competition will become the first team in Champ Car history this weekend to field two Mexican drivers when rookie Roberto Gonzalez will be entered in Mexico City alongside Miami winner Mario Dominguez.

Gonzalez will take the reins of the #4 entry usually driven by veteran Roberto Moreno, who will return to the series October 26th for the Lexmark Indy 300 in Surfers Paradise, Australia.

Gonzalez' car will also highlight the first involvement of Nextel Communications, a leading provider of fully integrated wireless communication services and sponsors of the 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup, with Herdez Competition's Champ Car team following a very successful season for the Herdez-Nextel team in the Mexican Copa Corona Series.

Brazilian veteran Gualter Salles returns to the cockpit of the #19 Dale Coyne Racing machine in Mexico City after fellow countryman Alex Sperafico served as a replacement driver while Salles fulfilled a prior driving commitment for the Miami event.

Sun-Telcel-Motorola, leaders in Mexico's technology industry, have formed a new Champ Car team, which will be piloted this weekend by Mexican driver Luis Diaz. Diaz returns to Champ Cars in the Walker Racing prepared machine after making his debut in the series last season with Fern?ndez Racing in Mexico City.

Mexico will be well represented this weekend in the nation's capital with no less than six of the 20 Champ Car drivers calling Mexico home. Adrian Fernandez, Michel Jourdain Jr. of Team Rahal, Mario Dominguez, Walker Racing's Rodolfo Lavin, Roberto Gonzalez and Luis Diaz will all be battling for the honor of top finishing Mexican in front of a large contingent of festive race fans.

The massive raceday crowd of 174,866 at Mexico City last year was an all-time CART record, surpassing the previous mark of 116,000 set in Monterrey, Mexico, in 2001. Complementing the raceday turnout was a total of 351,972 spectators for the weekend, which also stacked up to be a all-time CART record, surpassing the 316,000 that moved through the turnstiles that same weekend in Monterrey 2001.

 

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