CHAMPCAR/CART: Miami: Lola Cars race report

Dominguez wins wild Miami Street Fight Points battle at bay until Mexico City The Champ Cars held a wild 135-lap street fight at the 1.150-mile Bayfront Park street course in Miami, FL contesting the Grand Prix Americas Presented by ...

Dominguez wins wild Miami Street Fight
Points battle at bay until Mexico City

The Champ Cars held a wild 135-lap street fight at the 1.150-mile Bayfront Park street course in Miami, FL contesting the Grand Prix Americas Presented by Sportsbook.com. With a tight title fight, there was much at stake and the battle went to a smart Mario Dominguez in the #55 Herdez Competition Lola/Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone entry with teammate Roberto Moreno 5.241 seconds back in the #4 Herdez Lola. There were seven caution periods in this brawl and only ten of 19 starters were around at the end. Eight of nine retirements were due to contact on the circuit's close confines.

This was the first one-two finish for the Herdez Competition team and Dominguez was elated after leading 28 laps en route to victory. "It just feels amazing. To win this race in Miami, going to Mexico City in a few weeks is huge. We know this racetrack takes a big toll on the tires, the brakes. Most likely there were going to be accidents, so we knew we had to be patient and just get good pit stops. That's really when I won the race because the team gave me a fantastic [first] pit stop."

Moreno, the eldest driver on the circuit crowed, "I can't believe this old man finished second! As they say, it's a team effort. We had to work very hard in developing our Lola and it has started to pay off here today."

In his second Champ Car race Mika Salo took third for PK Racing in their #27 Lola. The Finn led six laps and noted, "The team did a good job talking and planning, so I had to make up for my poor qualifying effort yesterday (he started 15th) when I hit the wall. Today I just kept it between the walls and finished third. I'm pretty confident with the Lola now and driving on cold tires, so we'll go from here."

Point leader Paul Tracy (#3 Team Player's Lola) exited the contest after 69 laps and contact with rookie contender Sebastien Bourdais (#2 McDonald's/Lilly Lola). Pursuer Bruno Junqueira in the #1 PacifiCare Lola ended up ninth and trails Tracy (204-191) after overcoming contact with polesitter Adrian Fernandez (#51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Lola). Michel Jourdain took seventh today and retains third place in the #9 Office Depot/Gigante Lola with 171 points.

The Champ Cars reconvene October 10-12 in Mexico City for the Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante Presented by Banamex/VISA, round 17 in a 19-race chase.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Adrian Fernandez , Roberto Moreno , Mika Salo , Paul Tracy , Mario Dominguez , Sébastien Bourdais