NASCAR Mexico T4 Series



NASCAR Mexico T4 Series
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The field races into Turn 1 at San Luis Potosí
SportAuto racing
Founded2004
No. of teams40
Country(ies) Mexico
Most recent champion(s)Abraham Calderón
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The NASCAR Mexico T4 Series is a semi-professional 4-cylinder racing series in Mexico. It is promoted and sanctioned by NASCAR Mexico, the Mexico City-based NASCAR office.

The T4 Series features the largest grid in Mexican motorsports, with more than 30 teams running full-time and a few others doing a limited schedule. It is also notorious for the diversity of its drivers. As the series allows drivers to debut at age 15, several young mexican talents are choosing the T4 Series to start their NASCAR career. In the other hand, there are several 40-something drivers who have been racing in the series since it begun in 1994.

The series runs a 10-race schedule from April to November. Races are shown live on AYM Sports, a Mexican sport-related satellite TV station available in Mexico, Central America, and the south of the United States.

Origins (1994-2003)

The series is the oldest of the current touring car racing series in Mexico. It started in 1994, being called Reto Neon (Neon Challenge). It used to be a low-cost racing series that featured modified Dodge Neon cars competing in one-hour timed events. Two drivers (usually an expert and a rookie) would share every car, each one driving one half of the race.

The idea worked well for several years. Having a relatively inexpensive racecar and two drivers sharing the cost every race allowed to have a massive participation, with grids often exceeding 50 cars. It also proved to be a good learning ground for young drivers.

Desafío Corona (2004-2006)

The Reto Neon ceased to exist in 2004, when the Desafío Corona series was founded. OCESA, the promoter of the new series included the Dodge Neon cars as one of their three categories, with the Stock Car series (now NASCAR Mexico Corona Series) being the premier series. The Reto Neon became the T4 Series. In 2005 it was known as Lotto T4 Series, after the Italian sportswear firm decided to sponsor the series for that year.

In 2006, when it was made evident that NASCAR was considering to include the Desafío Corona as one of their international divisions, the T4 Series underwent several changes as it was adapted to the NASCAR format. The most notable changes were the introduction of pit stops, the allowance of only one driver per car, and a schedule that consisted entirely of oval tracks. In addition to this, standard NASCAR rules, such as the Beneficiary rule (commonly known as "Lucky Dog" or "Free Pass"), green-white-checker finishes, and double-file restarts established. Also, it became a multi-manufacturer series, with the inclusion of the Chevrolet Astra in addition to the Neon.

NASCAR Mexico (2007-)

The creation of the NASCAR Mexico Corona Series was announced at the 2006 awards ceremony. The T4 Series was confirmed as the supporting series, racing during 10 of the 14 NMCS weekends.

A period of transition started in 2007, with the release of a new car spec. The new "Mini Stock car", as it is called, is a Rear-wheel drive car (as opposed to the FWD Dodge Neon), and it features most of the elements of the larger stock cars (such as transmission, suspension, brakes, etc.), while keeping the 4 cylinder engine.

In theory, the Mini Stock car is designed to offer a performance very similar to the old T4 chassis. While teams are being encouraged to switch to the new car, those not wanting to do so are being grandfathered in the series.

2007 Schedule

The series kicked off the 2007 season at the Autódromo Miguel E. Abed in Puebla. The schedule consists of 10 races, all of which will serve as the opening for double-feature race weekends along with the NASCAR Mexico Corona Series.

Date City Track Winner
April 1PueblaAutódromo Miguel E. Abed (Oval)Rodrigo Echeverría
May 20San Luis PotosíAutódromo Potosino (Oval)Irwin Vences
June 3Mexico CityAutódromo Hermanos Rodríguez (Oval)Giovanni Rodrigo
July 15QuerétaroAutódromo de Querétaro (Road course)Javier Fernández
August 12San Luis PotosíAutódromo Potosino (Oval)Javier Fernández
September 23PueblaAutódromo Miguel E. Abed (Oval)Enrique Ferrer
October 13 ‡GuadalajaraTrióvalo Bernardo Obregón (Tri-oval)Enrique Ferrer
October 14GuadalajaraTrióvalo Bernardo Obregón (Tri-oval)Javier Fernández
October 28QuerétaroAutódromo de Querétaro (Oval)
November 4Mexico CityAutódromo Hermanos Rodríguez (Oval)
‡ The first race at Guadalajara was rained out on July 29th and was postponed to October 13.

All races are held in Mexico

Media

Races are shown live on AYM Sports on Sundays at 11:30 AM local time. Several replays are also shown during the week. The races are also analyzed in the AYM sports news programs on Mondays. The series is arguably one of the most important events of the network.

Additionally, a brief summary of every race is usually shown during the broadcast of the NASCAR Mexico Corona Series events on Televisa Deportes and the Latin American version of Speed Channel.

The series is also covered in "ESTO", one of the most famous sports newspapers in the country. Local radio and TV stations also hold interviews with some of the most popular drivers to increase awareness of the series among the fans.

Notable Alumni

References

Official press release in the NASCAR Mexico website



Sport Auto racing
Founded 2004
No. of teams 35
Country(ies)  Mexico

Most recent champion(s) Rogelio López

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Anthem
Himno Nacional Mexicano


Capital
(and largest city) Mexico City

Official languages Spanish (
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Abraham Calderón is a Mexican racecar driver from Monterrey. He won the 2006 NASCAR Mexico T4 Series championship, and is currently driving the #45 Marcatel Ford in his first season in the NASCAR Mexico Corona Series.
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Anthem
Himno Nacional Mexicano


Capital
(and largest city) Mexico City

Official languages Spanish (
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NASCAR Mexico

Private
Founded 2005
Headquarters Mexico City, Mexico

Key people Brian France, NASCAR chairman
Chad Little
Edgar Matute
Industry Motorsports
Products Sporting activities
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Ciudad de México

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Category Stock cars
Area of jurisdiction Canada,United States,Mexico
Formation date 1948
Headquarters Daytona Beach, Florida
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Sport governing body

Category Stock cars
Area of jurisdiction Canada,United States,Mexico
Formation date 1948
Headquarters Daytona Beach, Florida
Charlotte, North Carolina
New York City, New York


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Neon was a compact front wheel drive car introduced in January of 1994 for the 1995 model year by Chrysler Corporation's Dodge and Plymouth brands. It was branded as a Chrysler model in Mexico, Japan, and European export markets, as well as briefly in Canada.
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Desafio Corona was a stock car racing series in Mexico. NASCAR founded the series in 2004 in conjunction with OCESA, a Mexican entertainment company. The business partnership between NASCAR and OCESA resulted in the creation of a new entity, now officially known as NASCAR Mexico.
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Sport Auto racing
Founded 2004
No. of teams 35
Country(ies)  Mexico

Most recent champion(s) Rogelio López

Official website www.nascarmexico.
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Sport governing body

Category Stock cars
Area of jurisdiction Canada,United States,Mexico
Formation date 1948
Headquarters Daytona Beach, Florida
Charlotte, North Carolina
New York City, New York


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Desafio Corona was a stock car racing series in Mexico. NASCAR founded the series in 2004 in conjunction with OCESA, a Mexican entertainment company. The business partnership between NASCAR and OCESA resulted in the creation of a new entity, now officially known as NASCAR Mexico.
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Sport governing body

Category Stock cars
Area of jurisdiction Canada,United States,Mexico
Formation date 1948
Headquarters Daytona Beach, Florida
Charlotte, North Carolina
New York City, New York


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The "Lucky dog" rule known as the Free Pass or officially the Beneficiary Rule is a NASCAR rule. The rule allows the driver of the next lapped car or truck behind the leader to gain back a lap during a caution.
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The green-white-checker finish is a rule implemented into many levels of automobile racing in the United States. When the race would otherwise end during a yellow-flag "caution" condition (during which no competition may take place, including a "no passing" restriction), this rule
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Opel Astra is a small family car designed and manufactured by Opel, the European subsidiary of General Motors.

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Sport Auto racing
Founded 2004
No. of teams 35
Country(ies)  Mexico

Most recent champion(s) Rogelio López

Official website www.nascarmexico.
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Sport Auto racing
Founded 2004
No. of teams 35
Country(ies)  Mexico

Most recent champion(s) Rogelio López

Official website www.nascarmexico.
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Autódromo Miguel E. Abed is a racing track located in the town of Amozoc, near the city of Puebla in the Mexican state of the same name.

It opened in 2005 and is considered to be one of Mexico's premier racing facilities. It features a road course and a 1.25-mile oval.
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Puebla is the name of both a state in Mexico and that state's capital city. This article is about the city. For the state, see: state of Puebla.

Heróica Puebla de Zaragoza
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Sport Auto racing
Founded 2004
No. of teams 35
Country(ies)  Mexico

Most recent champion(s) Rogelio López

Official website www.nascarmexico.
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Puebla is the name of both a state in Mexico and that state's capital city. This article is about the city. For the state, see: state of Puebla.

Heróica Puebla de Zaragoza
North of the city towards la Malinche
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Autódromo Miguel E. Abed is a racing track located in the town of Amozoc, near the city of Puebla in the Mexican state of the same name.

It opened in 2005 and is considered to be one of Mexico's premier racing facilities. It features a road course and a 1.25-mile oval.
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