Tracy and Dominguez Quick at Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin -- May 3-4, 2005 -- Forsythe Championship Racing continued its strong start to the 2005 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford as drivers Paul Tracy (#3 INDECK Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) and Mario Dominguez (#7 INDECK Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) completed a comprehensive two-day test at the oldest active race track in America, the storied Milwaukee Mile.
Mario Dominguez posted the second-quickest time of the test on Wednesday with a lap of 20.919 seconds around the unique flat corners of the venerable one-mile speedway, while teammate Paul Tracy posted the fastest lap on Tuesday with a 20.949 effort. Tracy's day on Wednesday was cut short when he smacked the Turn 2 wall, damaging the #3 car.
"The rear snapped out and once that happens you're just a passenger" said Tracy after being evaluated and released by the Safety Team. "But we ran a lot of quick laps and gathered some good baseline data for the race next month."
Dominguez continues growing more comfortable with the team he only met a few weeks ago at Long Beach. "It's great that we've been so consistently quick in testing since the Long Beach race", said Dominguez. "The team has really come into the season with their 'race face' on. The car is strong, balanced and consistent even with the changing weather we had over the last two day. The Bridgestone tires have worked very well over a wide range of conditions, and it's amazing how reliable the Ford-Cosworth engines have been for everyone. We're now done with testing for a while and it couldn't have gone much better. I feel very good about our chances in Monterrey."
Neil Micklewright, VP of Operations for Forsythe Championship Racing, was equally pleased with the pace shown by the team. "At the end of last year we weren't particularly happy with how the season went, so we took a step back and evaluated where we needed to increase our performance", commented Micklewright. "In Champ Car these days everyone is so close that you need to put out 110% effort to produce a 1% gain, so we recommitted ourselves to an intensive development program that is clearly producing results. With a strong driver combination and a very good car on the track, we're looking forward to challenging at every event."
The next race on the Champ Car World Series calendar is the Tecate/Telmex Grand Prix of Monterrey Presented by Roshfrans, May 20-22, followed by the Time Warner Cable Road Runner 225 Presented by US Bank back at the Milwaukee Mile, June 3-4.