Nigel Mansell Q&A

Back in 1994, Nigel Mansell was rightfully proud when he called himself a double World Champion. Having fallen out with the Williams F1 team during the course of his 1992 Formula 1 title-winning season, Mansell joined Newman/Haas Racing for 1993 and won from the pole on his CART Indy car debut at Surfers Paradise. He added four oval wins to claim the '93 CART crown, but his performance faded in 1994 as he plotted a move back to F1. During his two-year American sabbatical, Mansell purchased a home in Florida where he and his family still spend plenty of time, and he spoke to John Oreovicz Sunday morning in St. Petersburg.

Nigel Mansell Q&A



I'm here as a guest of Jim McGee. We've lived over here for a number of years in Clearwater since we were driving the Indycars, so this is just down the road for us. Jim said come on down and see us, and here we are. It's the first race I've been to since '94.



I enjoyed it very much. It could have been more enjoyable during the last year. Obviously winning in '93 was like a dream come true - winning both world titles back to back was sensational. We had a couple of wins that escaped us in '94 which we should have converted. That was also the year that Mario [Andretti] was retiring, so things in the team weren't the same as before. I loved the time here. I think the people were great. The series has had its share of ups and downs since 10 years ago, but I hope it goes through this period and gets stronger again.



Fantastic. I think you'll love Brands Hatch. It's panoramic and you're able to watch most of the track from the grandstands. It's also a very challenging circuit, one of my favourites in the world. So I think it'll be sensational. The cars will do very well and I think you'll be surprised at how big a crowd the event draws from London. That's what you want.



I can remember that race very vividly - a few laps to go overtaking Paul on the outside of Turns 1 and 2 and just slipping in there. There were just a few laps to go so he couldn't respond. It was a great race and a super birthday present.



I don't know. I'd be open to any suggestions!

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