CHAMPCAR/CART: Herdez Competition Portland test notes 2003-04-18

Herdez Competition team completes two-day test at Portland. INDIANAPOLIS (April 18, 2003) - Sophomore Champ Car competitor Mario Dominguez and veteran Roberto Moreno completed two days of testing earlier this week at Portland International...

Herdez Competition team completes two-day test at Portland.

INDIANAPOLIS (April 18, 2003) - Sophomore Champ Car competitor Mario Dominguez and veteran Roberto Moreno completed two days of testing earlier this week at Portland International Raceway in Portland, Oregon. The team completed over 500 miles of testing on Tuesday and Wednesday, having traveled north to Portland following last weekend's fourth round of the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford in Long Beach, California.

Tom Brown - Chief Engineer

"It was our first time ever as a team to test at Portland and we went there with a number of items on the agenda; firstly to complete some tasks that were left over from our pre-season testing at Sebring, then to address some questions that had come up in the first three events, to apply some geometry changes that we had developed while testing on the 7-post rig, to test the Brands Hatch kit that we'll be using next time out, and finally to do a little bit of preparation for the Portland race coming up in June.

"The test went exceptionally well overall and I believe that we achieved all of our objectives. The team is really coming together as a whole now and I think we saw that last weekend in Long Beach and again in Portland. Everyone, from the mechanics to the drivers to the engineers to the crew chiefs, is working together very smoothly.

"With regards to Mario, I think he made some significant progress. Portland has not been his favorite track in the past but I think his confidence is building now and the extra time there during the test has probably made it more to his liking. We also focused on developing some qualifying strategies - things like getting up to speed quicker and doing shorter qualifying stints - which we think will be quite helpful to us going forward."

Chris Gorne - Race Engineer, Car 4 - Moreno

"It was a good test for us. We spent quite a bit of time working on suspension development - work that is vital but impossible to do during a race meeting. Like any development exercise, sometimes it works, sometimes not - but it's all good information."

Best Times (both posted on Wednesday)
Dominguez - 59.26 seconds
Moreno - 60.34 seconds

-HC-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Roberto Moreno , Tom Brown