Dominguez returns to testing duties. INDIANAPOLIS (January 22, 2003) - Sophomore Champ Car World Series competitor Mario Dominguez returned to the track for his first two days of pre-season testing on the 1.65 mile Sebring International Raceway...
Dominguez returns to testing duties.
INDIANAPOLIS (January 22, 2003) - Sophomore Champ Car World Series competitor Mario Dominguez returned to the track for his first two days of pre-season testing on the 1.65 mile Sebring International Raceway in Florida on Monday and Tuesday of this week. Dominguez had shoulder surgery in December and was just recently cleared by the doctors to return to testing duties.
The two-day test was the team's second at Sebring this month but was the first time for Dominguez to work with the newly assembled engineering staff. While Chief Engineer Tom Brown will continue to direct the program from a technical and strategic standpoint, new hires Chris Gorne and Brian Ma will take over Race Engineer duties. Brandon Fry continues as a Data Engineer and is now joined by Rick Mahurin. Bill Trowbridge also continues in his role as Development Engineer.
"I was very encouraged by the results of this test," said Brown. "The chemistry is developing nicely between the drivers and also within the engineering staff. These additional resources add a strength and depth to this team that will allow us to really move forward rather than just working to keep up. My role will be more focused on the overall direction and planning while the race engineers will focus on the day-to-day operations."
Dominguez completed 105 laps of the circuit on Monday and added more than 60 additional rounds on Tuesday, posting a best time of 51.7 seconds. "I'm very excited about how things went," commented Dominguez. "My shoulder was much better than I expected and the times were good. There are a lot of new people on the team now so it was also really great to start getting to know everyone and building those relationships."
Roberto Moreno, who substituted for Dominguez in the Sebring test last week, was also on hand to provide feedback and input. "It was great to have Roberto there," continued Dominguez. "I really respect his opinions and appreciate that he is willing to share information with me. It's a real help."
The team travels Thursday to the west coast in preparation for CART's two- day "Open Test" at Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca on Saturday and Sunday, with a third "team test" day on Monday.