FORSYTHE TEAMMATES PAUL TRACY AND MARIO DOMINGUEZ SCORE THIRD AND FOURTH PLACE POINTS IN PORTLAND PORTLAND, Oregon -- June 19, 2005 - Forsythe Championship Racing teammates Paul Tracy ( ...
FORSYTHE TEAMMATES PAUL TRACY AND MARIO DOMINGUEZ SCORE THIRD AND FOURTH PLACE POINTS IN PORTLAND
PORTLAND, Oregon -- June 19, 2005 - Forsythe Championship Racing teammates Paul Tracy (#3 INDECK Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) and Mario Dominguez (#7 INDECK Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) secured another solid result this weekend at the G.I. Joe's Presents the Champ Car World Series Grand Prix of Portland. On a beautiful day in the Pacific Northwest, Tracy raced to a third place finish and second in the points standings while Dominguez finished right behind in fourth place to secure sixth on the points chart.
Tracy qualified third but streaked past A.J. Allmendinger at the first turn to take second and set out after Pole winner Justin Wilson. Wilson suffered a mechanical problem and retired early in the race moving Tracy to the lead, but a risky alternate pit strategy by Cristiano da Matta paid off when the caution period provided the opportunity for da Matta to move into the lead as Tracy, Dominguez and the other front-runners pitted for fuel. Shortly after going back to green, Tracy was balked by the lapped car of Ricardo Sperafico coming onto the front straight and Sebastien Bourdais was able to take advantage and move past Tracy at Turn 1.
"I had a good start" said Tracy, "and moved into second place behind Justin. The handling was not bad, but it seemed like we just never could go any faster. When I started pushing harder the rear tires would start going away. Lapped cars were a problem too. When Sebastien made his move we had a nice clean dice -- I thought it was for the lead! I didn't know Cristiano was on an alternate strategy and had taken the lead. But it was a good finish for the #3 car and we're very competitive this year, so I'm looking forward to Cleveland next week."
Dominguez also had a strong race as he moved from his sixth starting spot to fifth early in the event with a pass on A.J. Allmendinger, and then inherited fourth when Wilson retired. "The car was good. It was both quick and consistent which is what we always shoot for but don't always achieve. I'm pretty happy because if Cristiano didn't get lucky on his pit strategy we would have had a podium finish. But once again we were strong and competitive, so I think we'll just continue to improve as the season goes on."
The next event on the calendar is the Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by US Bank, June 26th, Round Five of the Championship as Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.