Goossens’ Busch Debut
Saturday’s R2 of the Rolex Series in Mexico City was a support
race to the second NASCAR Busch race in Mexico, and Marc Goossens
was making his Busch debut – also his first race at the Hermanos
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was driving a Robert Yates prepared Ford Fusion, backed by Citi
Financial. He ran in the top five in the opening laps (behind Boris
Said, Ron Fellows, Denny Hamlin etc..) and actually led the race
for a couple of laps before making his scheduled pit stop. Unfortunately
there was a miscommunication on that stop: the jackman dropped the
jack but didn't pull it out in time and Marc lit up the tyres ….
but hit the jack. He lost valuable time while they extracted it
(nobody was hurt) and rejoined in 30th position.
laps to go he clawed his way back up to 20th, then went higher still,
to end the day in a very creditable ninth place. Denny Hamlin in
his Rockwell Automation Gibbs Chevy eventually won, with Boris Said
in an Evernham Dodge taking second.
himself very well and showed many of the NASCAR 'regulars' how to
of the race suggests that “the curve-filled, 2.518-mile Autodromo
Hermanos Rodriguez road course featured eight tight turns and was
especially tough for many Busch Series regulars used to negotiating
The stock cars
were racing with a chicane in the main straight “to reduce
accidents at the sharp first turn.” Jamie McMurray managed
to hit this obstacle and returned to the track in front of one of
Mexico’s favourites, Adrian Fernandez. The result was a damaged
thumb for the Mexican. Michel Jourdain was another local to suffer
at the hands of an American driver.