FORSYTHE TEAMMATES PAUL TRACY AND MARIO DOMINGUEZ ENDURE PROBLEMATIC QUALIFYING SESSION IN MONTERREY
MONTERREY, Mexico - May 20, 2005 - Forsythe Championship Racing teammates Paul Tracy (#3 INDECK Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) and Mario Dominguez (#7 INDECK Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) had an eventful first round of Qualifying at Fundidora Park in downtown Monterrey, Mexico today.
Tracy only completed a handful of laps after damaging the car over chicane curbing while Dominguez was penalized for causing a Red Flag stoppage, costing him his fastest lap in the session. Tracy ended up 19th in the session, while Dominguez was able to return to the track and post 5th quickest time.
"We went out early hoping to get some clear track" said Dominguez. "We planned on running seven laps, but we had a radio problem and I didn't hear the team calling me in so I ran too many laps and ran out of fuel. That caused a Red Flag to stop the session, so I got a penalty that cost me my fastest lap in the session. As a result I fell down to 5th place but the car was good so I think we'll be in good shape for Final Qualifying tomorrow."
"On one of my first hot laps I turned into the chicane and the rear end just jumped out" commented Tracy. "I saved it but it made me go over the curbing and I got launched in the air. We did some damage to the car as a result and that pretty much ended our afternoon. It's too bad because the car was pretty good, good enough to be quickest in the practice session just before Qualifying, but we've been fighting a bit of oversteer all day and it happened again on that lap. It's too bad for the Forsythe team because we could have threatened for the Pole, but we know we're on the pace and we get another chance tomorrow."