CHAMPCAR/CART: Las Vegas: Forsythe Racing Friday report

Paul Tracy Hits Jackpot in Vegas Day One Qualifying LAS VEGAS, Nevada - Friday, 6 April 2007 - After a character-building 2006 season, Canadian veteran Paul Tracy came out swinging on the first day of the 2007 season as the winningest active...

Paul Tracy Hits Jackpot in Vegas Day One Qualifying

LAS VEGAS, Nevada - Friday, 6 April 2007 - After a character-building 2006 season, Canadian veteran Paul Tracy came out swinging on the first day of the 2007 season as the winningest active Champ Car driver secured Provisional Pole on the streets of Sin City with a dominant effort on the soft alternate Bridgestone "Reds". Driving in his adopted home town, Tracy became the first driver to set an official fastest lap in the new DP01 chassis and secured the first Championship point of the season along with a guaranteed front-row starting spot for Sunday's Vegas Grand Prix.

Teammate Mario Dominguez, who joined the Forsythe team just last week, encountered an electrical problem during the afternoon practice session prior to Qualifying after also losing much valuable track time to Red Flags in the morning session. With no preseason testing in the Telmex/Cabi Developers #7 DP01, Dominguez found himself still working to learn the track and the car in a frustrating Qualifying session.

Paul Tracy
Qualified 1st on Provisional Grid

"I feel great! I just have to thank the whole team at Forsythe Racing, all the sponsors involved with the Series, and all my personal sponsors. Just a great day for everybody. We worked really hard over the winter. Kind of had to work extra hard this last week when the team decided to take on a second car. There were some feelings within probably other teams that that was going to kind of upset our flow for the weekend. But, you know, the team has done a great job. We've brought in a bunch of guys for this weekend that are new with Mario (Dominguez). Everybody's pitched in and done a great job. I can't be happier for the team and for Jerry Forsythe and everybody, especially for all my fans that are out here. "

Mario Dominguez

"Well it was a difficult day; we didn't achieve the results that we were looking for. During the morning session we made some good progress but just never had the chance to get a clear lap because of all the red flags. During the 10 minute practice before qualifying we weren't able to do any laps because of a sensor problem which really put us behind. This is a brand new circuit and every single lap counts so missing that practice really hurt us. But we are going go over the data tonight and figure things out, I have no doubt that tomorrow we'll be much stronger."

Final Qualifying for the Vegas Grand Prix gets underway at 2pm local/PT (5pm ET, 21:00 UTC). For more information, please visit the official series website at www.ChampCarWorldSeries.com.

-credit: fcr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Mario Dominguez