CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: Herdez Competition Friday report

Mario Dominguez - Driver, Car 55 On the last lap of my qualifying run, I went into turn one too fast and just lost the rear of the car. I touched the tires on the outside of the corner and my day was done. It's too bad because I had a...

Mario Dominguez - Driver, Car 55

On the last lap of my qualifying run, I went into turn one too fast and just lost the rear of the car. I touched the tires on the outside of the corner and my day was done. It's too bad because I had a really good car and we were really looking forward to a good run. I know the crew will do a great job repairing the car and we'll come back and try it again tomorrow.

Roberto Moreno - Driver, Car 4

A lot of the blame goes to me today. I was out on my first run of the day on rain tires and I went off the track after only nine laps and damaged the car. The team did great work putting the car back together for me and we managed to get out for a portion of the second morning practice. It was really only enough time for us to scrub some tires for qualifying and it was my first time on this track on slick tires. The one-by-one qualifying was a big handicap for me today because I'm still really learning the track. I still have a lot more to learn so we'll be working to improve in tomorrow's final run.

Fast Facts:

Dominguez has one Champ Car start in Denver; in 2002 he started 16th and finished 14th.

New for this year, CART Champ Car officials have implemented single-car qualifying for the Grand Prix of Denver. Today's provisional qualifying was run in reverse order of practice times while Saturday's final qualifying order will be in reverse of the first-round results.

Dominguez currently is tied for third place in Laps Completed during the 2003 season with 1483 of a total of a possible 1564 (94.8%).

Note:

As noted in the Official Champ Car Qualifying results issued at 4:13pm local time today, Mario Dominguez was penalized for causing a red flag stoppage during qualifying by the loss of his fastest lap. The time of his previous lap was 1 minute, 3.732 seconds (93.033 mph/149.722 kph), dropping him to 16th on the provisional grid.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Roberto Moreno , Mario Dominguez