Sergio “Checo” Perez Shines at Austin Grand Prix

On November 21, 2012 by MexicoToday

Sergio “Checo” Perez finished in 11th place at the inaugural United States Grand Prix inAustin,Texas. However, he was clearly number one in the hearts of the many fans who turned out to cheer him on.

The automotive blog Jalopnik summed it up this way: “You hear a lot of Mexican fans talking about Perez the way that Brazilians used to talk about Ayrton Senna. Mexico has been going through some rough times economically and socially over the last decade, but a lot of Mexicans are tired of their country only being in the news for cartel-related violence. The Mexican tourism industry has fought hard against that image.”

Among the fans who travelled to watch Perez compete was Miguel Candia, a 52-year-old engineer from Guadalajara, Jalisco. When asked by the Austin American-Statesman if Perez gaveMexico hope, Candida said “Of course. But so do the Mexicans who won the mathematics Olympics, the champions of the robotics competition and the winners of many cultural competitions out there. There are many brilliant Mexicans who make us proud, but today Checo is our ambassador.”

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