CHAMPCAR/CART: Fontana: Herdez Competition qualifying report

AM Practice Time: 31.384 seconds Speed: 232.743 mph Position:  10th Qualifying Time: 32.087 seconds Speed: 227.644 mph Position:  17th The Herdez Competition team took a gamble today, attempting to improve the ...

AM Practice Time: 31.384 seconds
Speed: 232.743 mph
Position:  10th

Qualifying Time: 32.087 seconds
Speed: 227.644 mph
Position:  17th

The Herdez Competition team took a gamble today, attempting to improve the #55 car's grid position by forfeiting the original qualifying time of 32.158 seconds and presenting the back up car for qualifying. In doing so, the team was able to drop another 1/10th from the qualifying time. Unfortunately, it was not enough to move the car up the grid.

Mario Domínguez - Driver

"We just weren't as fast this afternoon in qualifying as we had hoped. We decided to take a shot at re-qualifying because we really felt we could do better based on this morning's practice. It would have been nice to start further up the grid but, especially on a superspeedway like this, it's all about what happens in the race."

Keith Wiggins - Managing Director

"We lost a bit of speed from this morning. Having expected to be quicker in qualifying, we decided to give it another run. As it turns out, we only beat our own time. But we felt it was worth the effort to make the attempt."

Fast Facts * The 500 marks Domínguez's 18th start in the CART FedEx Championship Series.

* Domínguez's currently stands 17th of 21 drivers in the series Championship with 37 points. He also leads the Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year Award competition by a margin of 18 points.

What's Next
The final 30-minute pre-race warm up session will begin at 9:00 am PT on Sunday morning. The cars will begin the gridding process at 11:45 am PT in preparation for the green flag at 12:30 pm.

Event Coverage
Cable network SPEED Channel will carry the race live in the US beginning at 3:30 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