CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach: Forsythe Racing preview

FORSYTHE CHAMPIONSHIP RACING GEARS UP FOR LONG BEACH LONG BEACH, California -- April 7, 2005 - Forsythe Championship Racing comes to the first event of the 2005 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford having enjoyed a...

FORSYTHE CHAMPIONSHIP RACING GEARS UP FOR LONG BEACH

LONG BEACH, California -- April 7, 2005 - Forsythe Championship Racing comes to the first event of the 2005 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford having enjoyed a strong development program over the off-season and with a potent one-two driver punch comprised of veteran Paul Tracy of Canada and newly-signed Mexican star Mario Dominguez.

Both drivers arrived in Long Beach on Tuesday night to embark on the traditional first-event duties of getting official photos and video footage completed, attending official media functions and, in the case of Mario Dominguez, getting to know the crew members he'll be working with this season.

"I'm new to the team and haven't even met the guys yet" said Dominguez, "so I'm really looking forward to Thursday so I can get to know everyone and get fitted into the car. I still have my seat from last year so hopefully it will fit right into the tub without too much modification, but everything has to be comfortable and perfect in order for a driver to get everything out of the car. We'll work on getting the pedals, gear shift and steering column positioned just right so that we can get out on the track for the first practice on Friday with no problems and get right up to speed."

"I've talked with Paul (Tracy) a lot and he's told me about the work they've done in the off-season testing that has produced a really good setup, so I'm excited to get behind the wheel of the #7 car and see what we can do together."

Paul Tracy, defending champion on the streets of Long Beach, is back in 2005 looking for his 5th win here. "This is such a great place to start the season, with very knowledgeable fans packing the grandstands and a great festival atmosphere. I'm eager to get out on the track and see how all our hard work over the off-season is going to pay off. The field this year is stronger than I can recall in my whole career so it's going to be a heck of a challenge, but I think we're up to the task. The #3 car is going to be tough to beat and anybody that wants to run up front better bring their A-game."

On Wednesday night, Dominguez was the featured guest speaker at the renowned Museum of Latin American Art, while Tracy headed out for some bike training with friends and competitors Bruno Junqueira and Cristiano da Matta. The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach can be seen live on NBC Sunday at 1pm PT (4pm ET/20:00 UTC), while live video and other features for all sessions including practice and qualifying are available online with Race Director. Visit www.champcarworldseries.com for more information.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Paul Tracy , Mario Dominguez