CHAMPCAR/CART: Cleveland: Herdez Competition Thursday report

Traffic Plagues Provisional Qualifying for Hunter-Reay and Dominguez Thursday, July 1, 2004 -- The Herdez Competition duo of Mario Dominguez and Ryan Hunter-Reay look forward to final qualifying on Friday as their best efforts were fumbled by ...

Traffic Plagues Provisional Qualifying for Hunter-Reay and Dominguez

Thursday, July 1, 2004 -- The Herdez Competition duo of Mario Dominguez and Ryan Hunter-Reay look forward to final qualifying on Friday as their best efforts were fumbled by traffic today. Both drivers are happy with the balance of their racecars, proving the team's hard work has paid off.

Hunter-Reay held the provisional pole for a portion of the qualifying session and ran in the top-three throughout, before being bumped to fifth in the last minute of green track time. Dominguez ran as high as third and completed nine of his 15-lap allotment. He also struggled with traffic but is very optimistic despite the frustrating session.

Mario Dominguez, #55 Herdez/Lola/ Ford-Cosworth

Mario on the day: "I really struggled with the traffic out there today. My guys tried to find me a gap, but we just didn't get it in time. The good news is we have a car that is much better than p.10 and we will nail it tomorrow, that is when it counts."

Ryan Hunter-Reay, #4 Herdez/Lola/Ford-Cosworth Position Tine Speed (MPH) Ryan on the day: "The team has done a fantastic job preparing for this event, my car was excellent. We should have been on pole or at the very least in the top three. Unfortunately, Sebastian (Bourdais) ruined my fastest lap, he backed off right in front of me at the approach to three and that was it. It was my final flyer of the session and it was good, unfortunately we won't benefit from it, but I will do it again tomorrow. I am definitely looking forward to final qualifying."

Keith Wiggins, Co-Owner/Managing Director: "We seem to have pretty good cars and Ryan is confident that he could have put it at the front but both Mario and Ryan struggled from traffic slowing in front of them so that is unfortunate, but it is the same for everyone."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mario Dominguez , Ryan Hunter-Reay