CHAMPCAR/CART: Houston: Bridgestone Friday report

Dominguez Bumps Along to 1st Bridgestone Pole Position of Career Mario Dominguez of Forsythe Championship Racing overcame both the competition and the bumps of the new circuit around Reliant Park to capture the first Bridgestone Pole Position of...

Dominguez Bumps Along to 1st Bridgestone Pole Position of Career

Mario Dominguez of Forsythe Championship Racing overcame both the competition and the bumps of the new circuit around Reliant Park to capture the first Bridgestone Pole Position of his Champ Car World Series career in impressive style. In his fifth season, Dominguez put together a top lap of 58.026 seconds (104.850 mph) to nail down the top spot by a full four-tenths of a second over teammate Paul Tracy.

* From Mario Dominguez, Indeck Ford/Lola/Bridgestone: "I think the Bridgestone tires were great! They were really phenomenal! Considering the track conditions, the fact that this tire can actually get grip out of a track as bumpy as this one really shows how good the technology in the Bridgestone tires is."

* Bridgestone Tire Performance Summary: Bridgestone Motorsport brought its newest version soft standard-spec street-course tire this weekend (used previously only at San Jose in 2005) and paired it with the softer-compound alternate tire used last month at Long Beach. The higher-grip compounds are necessary to negotiate the tight, bumpy circuit in Houston. Each car receives seven sets of standard-spec and two sets of alternate-spec tires this weekend, and must run at least one set of each during Saturday night's race.

* From Joe Barbieri, Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport: "First, congratulations to Mario for truly earning his first Bridgestone Pole Position with such a stellar drive on a difficult new course. Mario credited his Potenza tires for helping give him the grip needed to put down such an impressive pole-winning lap. It will be a demanding race tomorrow night, but we believe the Bridgestone tires will help all the drivers put on a great show in the series' return to Houston." Dominguez earns $5,000 from Bridgestone for winning the pole today. As part of the Bridgestone Pole Position Award monetary award, the Associ ation of Hole in the Wall Camps also receives $2,500.

Qualifying session temperatures ranged from 120 to 125 degrees track and from 88 to 91 degrees ambient (F).

Qualifying session temperatures ranged from 49 to 52 degrees track and from 31 to 33 degrees ambient (C).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Mario Dominguez