CHAMPCAR/CART: Elkhart Lake: Herdez Competition Saturday qualifying report

Mario Domínguez - Driver "It's been a tough day. In this morning's practice, the lap times had been getting better and better. And then, on the last corner of the last lap, I put a wheel off the track and the grass just sucked the whole car in!...

Mario Domínguez - Driver
"It's been a tough day. In this morning's practice, the lap times had been getting better and better. And then, on the last corner of the last lap, I put a wheel off the track and the grass just sucked the whole car in! The Herdez Competition crew did a tremendous job putting the car back together in time for qualifying. But then we had another problem - with the alternator - so I couldn't get more than one hot lap in at a time. The team did a great job trying to fix it but we just ran out of time. Without that problem, I'm sure we could have had a decent qualifying run. I think I've got a handle on the track now though I'm sure there's still lots of little tricks you can learn here over the years. We had a tough day but the crew really did a great job and I'm looking forward to a good result tomorrow."

Keith Wiggins - Managing Director
"After practice this morning, we decided that we wanted to keep the engine and gearbox from the primary car for qualifying so the crew swapped them over onto the back up car. They made a heroic effort in getting that work completed in time for qualifying this afternoon so it's a bit frustrating to encounter the alternator problem."

Fast Facts
* The Grand Prix of Road America presenting the Motorola 220 marks Domínguez's 12th start in the CART FedEx Championship Series.

What's Next
Champ Car warm up will take place at 10:00 am CT on Sunday followed by the 60-lap CART Grand Prix of Road America at 2:00 pm CT.

Event Coverage
Cable network SPEED Channel will carry the race live in the US beginning at 3:00 pm ET. In Mexico, the broadcast will be live on TV Azteca. Live audio and timing and scoring will be available online at www.cart.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mario Dominguez , Mario D
Teams ART Grand Prix