Adrian Fernandez won his first race in ten attempts at Portland International Raceway today by making a decisive pass on Paul Tracy with just 15 laps remaining. Michel Jourdain, Jr. took the race lead from Tracy on lap three,...
Adrian Fernandez won his first race in ten attempts at Portland International Raceway today by making a decisive pass on Paul Tracy with just 15 laps remaining. Michel Jourdain, Jr. took the race lead from Tracy on lap three, only to lose it in pit lane on lap 44. Jourdain's attempt to regain the lead in turn two resulted in an incident that took him out of contention and gave the point back to Tracy until lap 85. Fernandez's win vaulted him into fifth place in the championship while Jourdain's 12th place finish relegated him to second place behind Tracy.
Herdez Competition drivers Mario Dominguez and Roberto Moreno started the race well back in the field but worked steadily forward with the assistance of their pit crews and finished in the points in tenth and ninth respectively.
While the Champ Car series takes a one-weekend break from competition, the Herdez team will not be resting. The 55 truck is headed directly for Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin for a one day test and the 4 crew will return to Indianapolis for a 7-post shaker test. Both teams will then take part in a two-day test at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course in the days immediately prior to the next event, the US Bank Grand Prix of Cleveland under the lights on Saturday, July 5th.
Mario Dominguez - Driver, Car 55
"We got the best out of the car that it had today and finished in the top ten which is good. I have to credit the team - they did a great job on the pit stops and that is actually where we gained most of our positions. The car wasn't too good at the very beginning of the race but it got better as the laps went by. Everyone gave it their best shot today and it was good to finish in the points. But our goals are higher. We're really looking for top-five finishes consistently and we have more work to do to get there. The team is committed to more improvement which is why we're going to test this week and Roberto's car is going to the 7-post rig. We have lots of things we want to test on both cars and the benefit will be to both of us. We're taking it step by step and we're doing well - but we have a long way to go before we're satisfied!"
Roberto Moreno - Driver, Car 4
"I'm very pleased with the outcome. The team gave me a consistent and reliable car which was very important today with the changing conditions. It's difficult to start as far back as we did but we got a clean start and I got around one car on the first corner. For us, it was a matter of being consistent and letting the race come to us. On one of the late restarts the Player's car behind me was faster on the slow corner and got around me - but then he pushed too hard and spun so my more conservative pace worked to my advantage. It was very important for me to bring home points this weekend. For how we started the weekend, we ended up with a pretty good result. Now we just need to do some more homework and be ready for a better result at the next round."