CHAMPCAR/CART: Monterrey: Herdez Competition preview

Herdez Competition kicked off the 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season with a strong first event in St. Petersburg. Mario Dominguez (no. 55) qualified 10th, while teammate Roberto Moreno (no. 4)...

Herdez Competition kicked off the 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season with a strong first event in St. Petersburg. Mario Dominguez (no. 55) qualified 10th, while teammate Roberto Moreno (no. 4) brought his car home in 5th place in the race. Both drivers are looking forward to improving on these results at round two, the Tecate Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix.

Mario Dominguez - Driver, Car 55

"I'm really excited to return to Monterrey. From the standpoint of the team, I think we are really strong and have a great shot at a top-three result. For me, the fans are great too - they really give me an extra push. When we came to Monterrey in 2002, it was my first Champ Car event ever. I can remember the start of the very first session on track thinking, 'Wow, I'm finally here!'. I almost couldn't believe it because it had been my dream for so many years. Now I know more what to expect and it gives me a lot more confidence - in myself, in the team and in knowing the race track. People ask me about the pressure of racing in my home country but I don't really feel it that way. For me it's more the feeling of support I get from the fans and it's really helpful. It gives me a lot of motivation to go out there and give it everything we have for the best possible result."

Roberto Moreno - Driver, Car 4

"Obviously, because of Herdez and our other Mexican sponsors, Monterrey is a very important race for us. The Parque Fundidora track itself is a lovely place. It has a great atmosphere. I love the enthusiasm of the Mexican people for their racing. For me, it's like racing back home in Brazil - the crowd cheers for me as if I was a Mexican! It's great for the drivers to be racing in such an atmosphere!

Monterrey is also a very challenging race track because of the combination of slow and medium speed corners and some good chicanes. Setting up the car to try to perform well in both requires a delicate balance. It's tricky really, because if you make the car better in one area you may give up the advantage in another area. I remember watching the race last year from home and being surprised that the top runners were using the curbs so much - that can be very demanding on both the cars and the drivers!"

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Roberto Moreno , Mario Dominguez