Paul Tracy led 69 of 92 laps in today's CART Grand Prix of Mid Ohio to re- take the lead in the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford drivers' championship. Bruno Junqueira, who took the series lead with his...
Paul Tracy led 69 of 92 laps in today's CART Grand Prix of Mid Ohio to re- take the lead in the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford drivers' championship. Bruno Junqueira, who took the series lead with his win last weekend at Elkhart Lake's Road America circuit, fell well down the order after an incident with Oriol Servia on lap 13 and finished out of the points in position 13. The other two race leaders, Adrian Fernandez and Tiago Monteiro, were out of pit stop sequence at the time of their lead laps. Patrick Carpentier fought back from a fifth place grid position to take the second spot on the podium and rookie Ryan Hunter- Reay scored his first podium finish of the season, bringing home his Reynard chassis in third.
Herdez Competition driver Roberto Moreno completed nine laps before losing control of the car in turn nine and contacting the track's outside wall. The CART Simple Green Safety Team bump-started the car and Moreno returned to the pit lane so that the crew could assess the damage and attempt repairs. Unfortunately, the rear of the car was not reparable and his day was done.
Mario Dominguez was running steadily in ninth place for most of the race and was positioned to make a move after the final pit stop when the car unexpectedly stopped running as he was headed toward the pit lane. The car was moved into a safe position behind the wall so the cause will remain undiagnosed until the car is returned to the team following the end of the race.
Mario Dominguez - Driver, Car 55
The car was good except for in a few corners. We only made minor wing changes on the first two stops. I really think we had one of the best cars out there and we were lining up for a good finish to the race. On the way into the pits for my last stop something happened. We don't know what it was yet but we just lost power. We will have to wait and see what we can find when the car comes back at the end of the race.
Roberto Moreno - Driver, Car 4
The car started to get oversteer as I came up on turn nine. That corner has a hill and as I came up on the top of the hill the car broke loose and I just couldn't get it back. I am just sorry for the team; everyone worked so hard this weekend. It's too bad because we had a great car in warm up.
Dominguez set the sixth-fastest lap time of the race at one minute, 8.958 seconds.
The Champ Car World Series will have a one week break before returning to action at the Molson Indy Montreal at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on August 22 - 24, 2003.