CHAMPCAR/CART: Herdez Competition Milwaukee test report

Domínguez fast at windy Milwaukee Mile. INDIANAPOLIS (May 10, 2002) - Herdez Competition rookie driver Mario Domínguez battled the elements for two days in West Allis, Wisconsin but came out the winner, posting an impressive time of 22.5...

Domínguez fast at windy Milwaukee Mile.

INDIANAPOLIS (May 10, 2002) - Herdez Competition rookie driver Mario Domínguez battled the elements for two days in West Allis, Wisconsin but came out the winner, posting an impressive time of 22.5 seconds around the 1.034-mile historic oval on Thursday.

The test was initially scheduled for Wednesday but persistent rain forced the team to spend the night and try again on Thursday. The team waited until almost noon to begin their work while the track dried. But the wait was worthwhile; in just over 100 laps, Domínguez was able to post the fastest time of the day and what the team believes to be the second fastest time recorded there in off-season testing. High winds curtailed the program for the day as gusts of up to 25 mph battered the course and the drivers.

"It was very, very windy", Domínguez reported. "I've never run on a track where there was so much wind - it was unbelievable! But it was a good challenge for me. We had a good setup to start with and a plan for the day so we focused on that as our main objective. Once we had worked through our program and we found we had gone quite fast, there seemed no point in risking it in the conditions."

Herdez Competition Managing Director Keith Wiggins concurred. "It seemed like we were in pretty good shape with those 100 or so laps. We thought it better to put the car away and play it safe. All in all, even though the weather conditions were pretty bad, we're pretty confident about going into the race there at the end of the month."

Next up on the schedule is a two-day test on May 13 and 14 at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

Following the test, the entire team will enjoy the Memorial Day weekend before departing for Milwaukee and round four of the CART FedEx Championship Series, May 31 to June 2.

"I feel really good going into the next race. I like racing on ovals a lot and we had a great race in Japan. I've had podium finishes at Milwaukee the last two years (3rd in 2000 and 2nd in 2001 in Dayton Indy Lights) so with the set up as good as it is going in, I'm really looking forward to the race!"

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