NASCAR won't run Nationwide race in Mexico, will focus on Corona circuit
Updated: July 28, 2008, 5:26 PM ETBy Mark Ashenfelter | ESPN.com
While NASCAR's Nationwide Series won't return to Mexico City for a fifth year in 2009, the sanctioning body isn't abandoning its efforts to build a stronger fan base in the country.It'll do so by focusing on the NASCAR Corona Series. When the Nationwide Series made its initial visit to Mexico City, more than 94,000 were in attendance, a figure that steadily declined to just more than 57,000 this year. At the same time, the trip was never a favorite of those involved in the series due largely to the trip's logistics. Robbie Weiss, NASCAR's vice president of broadcasting and the managing director of its international program, said Monday that further strengthening the 14-race Corona Series makes the most sense for all concerned.
The Mexico thing, trying to do what they were trying to do, I applaud NASCAR for that part. But from the other standpoint, it was a very costly thing for us to do, too.
-- Ronnie Russell,
president of Team Rensi