Tuesday, October 18, 2022 by Julie Bouchard
Several former glories from the days of IndyCar and ChampCar racing at the Mexico City circuit will perform this weekend in support of the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Mexico. Local organizers wanted to celebrate that many years before F1 returned, ChampCar and IndyCar were the star event at the Rodriguez brothers’ circuit, the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.
They thus set up the Freightliner Legends Cup. « The late 1990s and early 2000s marked a golden era for American single-seater racing and the IndyCar Series includes the ‘world’s greatest racing spectacle’, the famed Indianapolis 500. Past winners and champions will be back in Mexico this weekend,” announce the organizers.
They will drive cars equipped with a 500 horsepower V8 engine, as found in the Gran Turismo México (GTM) series, capable of reaching speeds in excess of 275 km/h.
The full list of participants includes 12 pilots, including two Canadians:
1. Adrian Fernandez (Mexico)
2. Alex Tagliani (Canada)
3. Bruno Junqueira (Brazil)
4. Casey Mears (USA)
5. Luis ‘Chapulín’ Díaz (Mexico)
6. Mario Dominguez (Mexico)
7. Mark Blundell (Great Britain)
8. Max Papis (Italy)
9. Michel Jourdain Jr. (Mexico)
10. Oriol Servia (Spain)
11. Paul Tracy (Canada)
12. Roberto González (Mexico)
Quebecer Alex Tagliani and Ontarian Paul Tracy both drove ChampCar in Mexico, during their careers with Player’s, Rocketsports and Team Australia for Tagliani; with Penske, Newman-Haas and Kool/Green for Tracy.
“The return of so many names from the past will delight local fans who came to see Indy racers when the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez hosted the Champ Car World Series between 2002 and 2007. In this year’s Freightliner Legends Cup field, Paul Tracy is the only previous winner of a Champ Car race in Mexico City, having triumphed here in 2003,” the organizers also point out.
“Before hosting Formula 1 in Mexico, we used to promote the Champ Car World Series at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez and that was as big as F1 these days. To be able to bring all these legends together for a unique event here in Mexico is a huge privilege for us and for the Mexican fans. We are sure that the Freightliner Legends Cup will be a successful event at this year’s race,” said Federico González, General Manager of the Mexican Grand Prix. “It will be a very special event to bring together these great drivers who have given us unforgettable moments in the past,” he concluded.