The Herdez Competition Champ Car team suffered a series of incidents and events during the course of today's Sure for Men Rockingham 500 which resulted in being penalized twice by CART for pitting out of sequence. Fighting on valiantly despite...
The Herdez Competition Champ Car team suffered a series of incidents and events during the course of today's Sure for Men Rockingham 500 which resulted in being penalized twice by CART for pitting out of sequence. Fighting on valiantly despite these penalties and a failure of the radio communication system, rookie driver Mario Dominguez brought the number 55 car home in 13th place and posted the 10th fastest lap of the event (25.493 seconds/208.857 mph/336.122 kph).
Mario Domínguez - Driver
"First of all, I have to say that I was extremely happy with the car. Tom Brown gave me a very fast car to drive. But I am very disappointed again - we had a race where virtually everything that could go wrong, did. We had a problem with our radios and then black-flag penalties from CART after we got out of pit stop sequence. It's just tough to take. Once again, we showed that we have the speed to be competitive with anyone out there. We just couldn't get the job done today. Now, we put it behind us and look ahead to the next race in Miami in a couple weeks time."
Keith Wiggins - Managing Director
"I was very unhappy with the outcome of the race. We missed a call on our first pit stop and then, to make matters worse, we got penalized for it by CART. Following that, we managed to get our lap back under the next caution, only to be black-flagged again by CART in what was a very difficult situation, compounded by overly complex regulations."
* The Sure for Men Rockingham 500 marks Domínguez's 15th start in the CART FedEx Championship Series.
The Herdez Competition team members will return to the US on Sunday and return to the race shop on Wednesday in time to meet the arriving cars and freight. Round 16 of the CART FedEx Championship Series will take place on the streets of Miami, Florida on October 4 to 6, 2002.