Patrick Carpentier made the most of this sunny afternoon in northern California. After Michel Jourdain, Jr.'s fastest lap time from Saturday was disallowed when his car failed post-qualifying technical inspection, Carpentier led...
Patrick Carpentier made the most of this sunny afternoon in northern California. After Michel Jourdain, Jr.'s fastest lap time from Saturday was disallowed when his car failed post-qualifying technical inspection, Carpentier led all 87 laps of today's Grand Prix of Monterey. Carpentier earned the maximum 22 points for the day, moving him into solid possession of fourth place in the championship.
Jourdain's team bounced back from yesterday's infraction and battled all the way from thirteenth on the grid to fourth at the end, allowing him to maintain his series lead going into the next round at Portland International Raceway June 20-22. Sebastien Bourdais, who had started alongside Carpentier on the front row, suffered an apparent gearbox failure and finished out of the points in 17th.
Both Herdez Competition drivers battled today. Dominguez got caught up in the scramble for positions on the first lap and dropped to fifteenth before bringing the car home in tenth place - his fifth consecutive top-ten finish. Moreno started the race from ninth place on the grid, tying his previous best starting position of the year (Long Beach), but a mid-race malady required him to pit on two consecutive laps and effectively dropped him out of contention.
The team will travel directly to Portland, Oregon tomorrow to begin preparations for next weekend's G.I. Joe's 200.
Mario Dominguez - Driver, Car 55
"It was a tough day out there! Basically, you can't pass here so my race was pretty much spoiled on the first lap. Somebody got inside me and (Brian) Herta at the outside of turn four and I just got pushed into the dirt. By the time I got it gathered up and back on track, I had lost four positions. From there I was just trying to fight to keep pace. The team did a great job for me on pit road - we definitely gained positions on our pit stops. I wish we could have been up in the fight for the lead but we finished the race, came away with some points, and held our place in the championship so that's not a bad day's work."
Roberto Moreno - Driver, Car 4
"We struggled out there today. We had a problem with the front end so we had to do an extra pit stop. The crew was able to get it fixed and the car was very fast at the end of the race. It's too bad because we really wanted to put both cars in the points today."