Round 1 of 20 of the CART FedEx Championship Series Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
Track Record: 2001: Kenny Brack 1 minute, 15.244 seconds
AM Practice Time: 1:17.374 Speed: 97.893 mph Position: 13th
Grid Position: 12th (based on Friday's provisional qualifying time. )
Due to persistent and sometimes heavy rain during today's qualifying session, only six cars took to the track, including Herdez Competition rookie driver Mario Domínguez. The day's qualifying times were all significantly slower than Friday's, meaning that the grid will be set from those times. Domínguez completed five timed laps during the session.
Mario Domínguez - Driver
"Well, I don't have much experience in the rain, especially in a Champ Car. I have to say that it was a big treat to run around out there in the rain with 750 horsepower behind me! People might not think so, but it was quite fun actually. But I would really need to get a lot of laps under my belt to get up to speed in those kinds of conditions. It was really a shame that we didn't get to do a proper qualifying session. I think that we had a much better car than we did yesterday and I felt I had a good chance to improve my grid position. So for tomorrow, we just have to stay concentrated and focused and work hard to put in a good showing for all of our sponsors and the Mexican crowd."
"Over the Wall" Crew Announced
The competition was stiff and consequently, a decision was delayed until the very last moment. But today the Herdez Competition team announced the makeup of the "over the wall" crew that will service rookie Mario Domínguez's #16 car during tomorrow's season opener.
Returning for his fifth year at the position, Crew Chief Vince Kremer will be responsible for the outside front wheel change as well as guiding Mario into and out of the pit box. The inside front tire changer is Matt "Squirt" Walton. The rear duties will be managed by Eric Wainscott (inside) and Joe "Dick" Hedges (outside). Larry Rutherford will return on the jack while Rod Kendall completes the six-man crew at fuel.
Assisting in pit stops will be Rod's brother Chuck as hose-holder, Rick "Lurch" Waldeck as deadman, Dave "Bunkie" Darrow as front helper, Albert Gray as rear helper and Gary Michalak on pit board.
CART competitors will have a final 30-minute warm up session at 11:00am local time before beginning the gridding process at 2:15pm. The green flag will drop on the season opener from Monterrey at 3:00pm local time (Central).
Pre-race broadcast coverage on cable network SPEED Channel will begin at 3:30pm Eastern time with the live race broadcast beginning at 4:00pm. The race will re-air at 8:30pm ET and 1:00am ET early Monday morning.