Herdez Competition Overcomes Adversity for Podium Finish Mario Dominguez earned the seventh podium finish of his Champ Car career today when he finished third at the Molson Indy Montreal. While it is always an achievement to finish on the...
Herdez Competition Overcomes Adversity for Podium Finish
Mario Dominguez earned the seventh podium finish of his Champ Car career today when he finished third at the Molson Indy Montreal. While it is always an achievement to finish on the podium, the #55 crew finished the day with mixed emotions, due to an airgun failure on Mario's second stop, which cost him the race victory. Dominguez had a brilliant start and passed Sebastian Bourdais, for the lead on the 36th lap. Mario accrued a three second gap over field; it looked like he would dominate the remainder of the 69 lap race. His fortune changed during his second pit-stop, when an airgun failed, resulting in a 27-second pitstop, three times what a stop should usually take. Dominguez fell to the 12th position but thanks to impressive driving and a perfect pit stop they rallied to achieve his second podium finish of the season.
Ryan Hunter-Reay had a very good start; he gained two positions in first five laps when his day ended on the sixth lap due to contact.
MarioDominguez, #55 Herdez/Lola/ Ford-Cosworth
Mario on the race:"Honestly, I am disappointed because we should have won today. We really had the race covered after I passed Sebastian. On my second stop we had a double air gun failure, which caused the stop to be almost 30 seconds. However we kept our focus, the team did not let it destroy their day as my last stop was perfect and because of that we were able to recover with a podium finish. I had one of the best cars of my Champ Car career today, my relationship with my engineer Mike Cannon has developed nicely and he made my job easier.
I dedicate this podium to my friend and manager Antonio Marron and Guillermina Pilgram and their son Cristobal, who passed away last week. I really wanted to win for them today, but we couldn't do it, so I dedicate my podium to them."
Ryan Hunter-Reay, #4 Herdez/Lola/Ford-Cosworth
Ryan on the race:"The race started out pretty good until I hit the turn nine curbing at the wrong angle, which sent the car to the wall. It's disappointing for myself and for the team. Mario (Dominguez) drove a great race today, I am really happy for him and his #55 crew."
Keith Wiggins, Co-Owner/Managing Director:"Obviously I am very disappointed because we had two very fast cars and we didn't win. It is a shame that Ryan went out very early and I feel really bad for Mario because we had a mechanical failure in his pitstop and Mario should have definitely won this race and we let him down."