CHAMPCAR/CART: Dominguez statement on departing Dale Coyne Racing

Statement from Mario Dominguez concerning departure from Dale Coyne Racing Mario Dominguez was offered an opportunity to run with Dale Coyne Racing after departing from Forsythe Championship Racing this season. He ran four races with Forsythe,...

Statement from Mario Dominguez concerning departure from Dale Coyne Racing

Mario Dominguez was offered an opportunity to run with Dale Coyne Racing after departing from Forsythe Championship Racing this season. He ran four races with Forsythe, but then he was let go, leaving the Mexican with no where to go. Dale Coyne felt that Mario was deserving of a Champ Car ride, and put forth a strong effort to run him in seven races this season. Dominguez is making his debut with the Rocketsports Racing team this weekend at Road America, but wanted to reiterate his appreciation to Dale Coyne and the team for running him when no one else was willing to give him the chance.

He feels terrible about the remarks that have surfaced in the U.S. concerning his comments in the Mexican Publications about driving a Dale Coyne Champ Car, as they were translated incorrectly.

"I was not going off to the press in Mexico saying bad things about the Dale Coyne team," said Dominguez. "I was asked questions by the press that were misinterpreted and not fully translated correctly when news got to the U.S., which made me look bad. I did not just start saying to the media that I did not want to drive in an uncompetitive car in Mexico -- I was asked by the media if I would rather drive in a winning team. So naturally my answer was yes, but they also never published that I said that the whole Dale Coyne operation was trying to do their best to make a more competitive car.

I can not express enough my appreciation to Dale Coyne, his wife, and the entire team. We had some good times and good results together. It is hard to really achieve the results that we wanted because the team lacked funding, but they do their best and put forth a great effort in every race. The guys that make up the team are extraordinary and every one of them put their full heart into their work. They are very hard workers and it was my pleasure to have them as my crew. I particularly enjoyed a good time with Dave Watson, who I rate is one of the best engineers in the business. Dale was so good to me, and I will never forget what he did for me. He made an investment in me, and I think that we were able to work together as a team and do a good job. It was never my intention to put down the team, I am hurtful that the translation of my answers turned into such a negative remarks regarding the team's operation. I just hope that they understand that I was not trying to put them down, that I enjoyed my time with them, and I wish them continued luck for the remainder of the season and beyond.

CIE, the Mexico City promoters, put together a group of sponsors and they wanted me to run at Rocketsports. So I did what they asked me for the sake of the Mexican race and the Mexican fans. I feel sad and happy, because I had to leave everyone at Dale Coyne Racing, but I am also happy to join Rocketsports. In this business, no one touches their heart as everyone was able to see when I unjustifyingly got fired at Forsythe - but I do - and I am not afraid to show my feelings and concern for the whole Dale Coyne team for what was misinterpreted in the press."

-credit: ccws/mario dominguez

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mario Dominguez , Dale Coyne
Teams Dale Coyne Racing