CHAMPCAR/CART: Monterrey: This Week in Ford Racing

This Week in Ford Racing May 16, 2006 Champ Car World Series Fresh of a third place finish in Houston, Mario Dominguez, driver of the No. 7 Indeck, Forsythe Championship Racing team, for round three of the Champ Car World Series race this ...

This Week in Ford Racing
May 16, 2006

Champ Car World Series

Fresh of a third place finish in Houston, Mario Dominguez, driver of the No. 7 Indeck, Forsythe Championship Racing team, for round three of the Champ Car World Series race this weekend in Monterrey, Mexico. Dominguez, who holds second place in the points, discusses racing in Mexico, his fans and teammates.

MARIO DOMINGUEZ -- No. 7 Indeck, Forsyth Championship Racing Team

YOU HAD A SUCCESSFUL RACE IN HOUSTON. "We did very well; I got the pole position by a very good margin. My car was very quick; unfortunately during the race I made a mistake -- I was saving fuel trying to stay ahead of [Sebastien] Bourdais and he drove a good race and he got me when I missed the braking point, but I still managed to finish third even with that mistake, and I think with all things considered that I would have wanted to win the race, but at the same time I got some points and I'm a lot more motivated for the next race."

THE ENTIRE FORSYTHE TEAM IS HAVING A GREAT YEAR, BOTH ATLANTIC AND CHAMP CAR. "Yes, the Atlantic guys are doing great, too. They won the last two races and the drivers have been in the top 10. The entire Forsythe Racing team just really shows why they are a championship-winning team because they can definitely get things done. They provide very good equipment to the drivers, so that is a big help for us when we have a fast car."

with a fourth-place finish in long beach and third in Houston, you have HAD a great start to the 2006 season. How does the momentum help you? "Actually, it is very good -- I have built some momentum. I am in second in the championship ranks. The fact that I couldn't win in Houston just gives me more motivation to go to Monterrey and win there. It makes me hungrier. I'm really excited with how things are going with the Forsythe Racing team this year. I got my old engineer (Michael Cannon) from 2004 when I drove with Herdez Competition, and the team -- we are starting to do very well together again. I think it is going to be a great year for us. We just have to keep on working harder. We definitely showed that we have speed and have closed the gap to Newman/Haas. So I think we have a very good shot at beating them soon."

THE NEXT RACE IS IN MONTERREY; DOES THE "HOME CROWD" GIVE YOU MORE FIRE TO WIN?

"Yes, a lot more -- it's amazing how much the support from the Mexican fans at the Mexican races help me -- just in every way. I can feel the good vibes and the excitement from everybody and nothing would please me more than giving them a great result in Monterrey because I know people will be very happy."

DO YOU HAVE FAMILY IN MONTERREY? "No, I'm from Mexico City, but I will have all of my family and friends go and watch me there."

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE GRAND PRIX OF MONTERREY? "Monterrey is a track I like very much; I've been very quick there over the years. I think we are going to have a very good show for them, with the momentum that the team is building; I think we are going to be stronger."

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE 2006 SEASON? "My goal is to win the championship -- it is not going to be easy. The competition is very hard and the teams are stronger and so are the drivers. We can do it -- we have a chance. Forsythe has worked very hard over the winter to make our cars go faster and I'm going to keep working harder every day and that will be my goal -- try to go for the championship.

THERE IS LITTLE DOWN TIME BETWEEN HOUSTON AND MONTERREY, WHAT DO YOU HAVE PLANNED? "Right now, I'm on my way to Cleveland to promote the race there -- I have an entire day of interviews. I fly to Monterey on Wednesday, followed by two full days of interviews and press conferences Wednesday, Thursday and start practicing on Friday. I'm also working on getting sponsors. The driving is the easy part of being a race car driver because that is what we do naturally. We also have to be salesmen and sell sponsorships. I'm working on obtaining US and Mexican sponsors. We have Roshfrans on board this weekend and a few others."

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