CHAMPCAR/CART: Mexico City: Rocketsports Racing Friday report

Rocketsports Not Off to a Good Start, Nor a Bad Start in Mexico City MEXICO CITY, Mexico (November 10, 2006) -- Not a great start for Rocketsports Racing today in Mexico City with Mario Dominguez and Antonio Pizzonia, but expect more to come now...

Rocketsports Not Off to a Good Start, Nor a Bad Start in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (November 10, 2006) -- Not a great start for Rocketsports Racing today in Mexico City with Mario Dominguez and Antonio Pizzonia, but expect more to come now that the first day of on-track activities are done and both drivers know what they need to excel.

The first practice session this morning saw potential in the team and its drivers on the reconfigured 2.774-mile Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez course. Dominguez ran 15 laps posting his fastest time of 1:28.821 (112.433 mph) and sat P6. Pizzonia took the morning session to learn the track since it is his first time here and completed 18 laps. Running his best time of 1:29.416 (111.685 mph) placed Pizzonia 11th on the timing and scoring charts after the first session today.

This afternoon, the two did not have the same results. Dominguez provisionally qualified 10th in the #8 Pemex/GICSA/Del Valle Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone, while his teammate Pizzonia sits 16th. Both drivers completed 13 laps during the first round of qualifying, and their times did improve from the morning session, but it just was not enough to be higher up in the field. Working on finding a good car setup, Dominguez posted his fastest lap during his tenth orbit, recording a time of 1:27.151 (114.587 mph). Pizzonia continued to learn his way around the venue behind the wheel of the #18 Lexington Energy Services Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone, while running his quickest lap on his 11th attempt he posted a 1:27.566 (114.044 mph). Despite not having a good end result today, the team has one more day to improve and prepare for the race on Sunday.

There will be another practice session tomorrow morning before final qualifying takes place tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 p.m. local time.

Quotes

Mario Dominguez #8 Pemex/GICSA/Del Valle/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone

"Well I am not too happy with a tenth place start, but I definitely feel that we have something to work with. I feel that there is a lot of room for improvement on the #8 Pemex/GICSA/Del Valle car and that we will have a car that is faster tomorrow. I am so happy with all the support that Mexico has shown me today, and I am will try very hard to qualifying well tomorrow for them and my sponsors especially Pemex, GICSA, Del Valle, Telmex, and Bridgestone."

Antonio Pizzonia #18 Lexington Energy Services/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone

"I am still working on learning the track. This is my first time here, so that takes a little time. I ran into some traffic during qualifying, and I never really had a good run this afternoon to get a better result. We will sit down and work on things tonight with the hopes of having a good #18 Lexington Energy Services car for tomorrow's final qualifying session."

-credit: rocketsports racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Antonio Pizzonia , Mario Dominguez