CHAMPCAR/CART: Monterey: Herdez Competition Saturday report

* note: Dominguez was forced into his back up car (55X) during qualifying, forfeiting his times from Friday because of the recurrence of a mechanical problem experienced in the morning session. Mario's fastest lap of the qualifying session was ...

* note: Dominguez was forced into his back up car (55X) during qualifying, forfeiting his times from Friday because of the recurrence of a mechanical problem experienced in the morning session. Mario's fastest lap of the qualifying session was disallowed because he caused a red flag early in the qualifying session. This lap of 1 min, 10.342 seconds would have placed him 10th on the grid.

Mario Domínguez - Driver

"The car just turned off! We really don't know yet what the problem was but we had to go to the back up car - there was no way the crew could diagnose and fix the problem within the time left in qualifying. But I have to say my Herdez Competition crew did a fabulous job. This car broke in the morning session. They took it apart, made the repair and got it out to the grid in time for qualifying, no problem. When it broke again, they got the back up car for me and it was great. We hadn't run that car really at all but it was set up exactly the same as the primary and it was ready to go. Obviously we feel that the engineering side of things is going quite well too because we were still able to put in a decent time, considering the circumstances. You know, it's tempting to get frustrated by this but really, I'd prefer it if all the bad stuff like this happens in practice, qualifying, warm up - whatever. That way we can get it all out of the way and finish the part that counts - the race!"

Tom Brown - Chief Engineer

"I have to say that we are extremely proud of this young man today. It was a very difficult position he was in because not only did we have to throw away all of yesterday's times but he had to go out there and do two really quick times since we knew we were going to lose the best one. That put a lot of pressure on him and he rose the occasion."

Keith Wiggins - Managing Director

"The problem was a reoccurrence of what happened in the morning session - despite the fact that we put a new fuel pump in the car before qualifying based on Ford-Cosworth's diagnosis. Clearly that wasn't the issue since it happened again, so they are assessing the situation with the engine."

Event Coverage

Domestic television coverage of Sunday's 87-lap Bridgestone Grand Prix of Monterey will begin at 4:00 pm ET on cable network SPEED with the broadcast of the 30-minute warm up session. The race will air live immediately following at 4:30pm ET on SPEED and on TV Azteca in Mexico. Live internet audio will also begin at 4:30pm ET at www.cart.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mario Dominguez , Tom Brown