CHAMPCAR/CART: Monterrey: Herdez Competition Saturday report

Mario Earns Front Row Start in Monterrey, Mexico Mario Dominguez and Herdez Competition earned their career best qualifying results today when Dominguez qualified second, securing a front-row starting position for tomorrow's Tecate Telemex Grand...

Mario Earns Front Row Start in Monterrey, Mexico

Mario Dominguez and Herdez Competition earned their career best qualifying results today when Dominguez qualified second, securing a front-row starting position for tomorrow's Tecate Telemex Grand Prix in Monterrey, Mexico. In the warm-up to qualifying, the Herdez duo of Mario Dominguez and Ryan Hunter-Reay registered the first and second fastest laps with the Mexican fans going wild as Dominguez bettered his time and position with each lap. Unfortunately the session ended under red flag conditions limiting both Herdez drivers' track time.

Ryan Hunter-Reay and his crew were unsatisfied with the handling of his car in the practice session this morning. They made geometric changes to the car in the pit lane but Hunter-Reay's first real opportunity to test the changes came in the qualifying warm-up. While he and the crew feel they still have work to do to perfect the set-up, the changes did help. He will start from the eighth position.

Mario on the day "This is a fantastic result for my team, my sponsors and all of the great fans in Mexico. I am very happy but I can't help but wonder what would have happened if the final red flag had not happened. I had a fast lap going and I know I had more in the car than what we were able to set but that is racing and perhaps Sebastian (Bourdais -- the pole sitter) had more as well. My Bridgestone tires were fantastic today, they helped me break the track record. My engineer (Michael Cannon) did a good job with the changes overnight. My car was good yesterday but much better today and I am confident I have a good racecar for tomorrow. The Herdez car is starting up front and I intend to improve only by one more position and win tomorrow."

Ryan on the day "First of all, I am very pleased for Mario, what a fantastic result in his home country. It's been a challenge for us all weekend. We have struggled with the set-up of the car and have been challenged by red flags and the loss of track time. My car was unbalanced this afternoon in qualifying, but we will improve it overnight. The most important thing is we know what we have to improve. It will be a long race, I will drive hard from the drop of the green flag, my Herdez crew will give me great stops and hopefully at the end of it we will be up front."

Keith Wiggins, Managing Director, "For Mario everything went as planned and we are very happy with the result especially as his last lap was quicker if we hadn't had the red (flag). On the other hand we obviously are a little bit disappointed we didn't get Ryan further up but I am sure come the race that they will both be very competitive."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mario Dominguez , Ryan Hunter-Reay