CHAMPCAR/CART: Road America: Herdez Competition Saturday report

The Herdez Competition duo of Ryan Hunter-Reay and Mario Dominguez set their starting positions for the 2004 Grand Prix of Road America today. Hunter-Reay secured a front row start yesterday when he qualified on the provisional pole. The ...

The Herdez Competition duo of Ryan Hunter-Reay and Mario Dominguez set their starting positions for the 2004 Grand Prix of Road America today. Hunter-Reay secured a front row start yesterday when he qualified on the provisional pole. The #4 crew had the comfort of the guaranteed front row start, so they used a conservative qualifying strategy in effort to save fresh tires for tomorrows race. Mario Dominguez spun in the beginning of the final qualifying session. The spin caused a red flag and Dominguez had to serve an eight-minute penalty in addition to losing his fastest lap. Set to return to the track and set his fast time of the day, he took the green flag with seven minutes to go. Unfortunately Paul Tracy spun, causing a red/checkered flag and Dominguez lost his chance, he will start 15th.

Mario Dominguez, #55 Herdez/Lola/ Ford-Cosworth

Mario on the qualifying: "It's too bad I crashed in the beginning of the session because I had a good car; definitely a top-five car. Unfortunately there was a red flag that prevented us from getting our fastest lap back (penalty for causing red flag). The good news is I am very confident I have a good race car and the Herdez Competition team is the best in the business in the pits so we will have a good race."

Ryan Hunter-Reay, #4 Herdez/Lola/Ford-Cosworth

Ryan on the qualifying: "We had a conservative approach for the session, we ran with old tires the first half of the session. We used a new set for the second stint but we didn't expect to have as much under steer. We'll get that worked out for tomorrow for sure and I am confident we will have a great racecar and I know we have a lot of fresh rubber. I slept well last night knowing we would be starting on the front row and that will give me some extra rest tonight as well. Starting on the front at Road America is a great reward for any driver."

Keith Wiggins, Co-Owner/Managing Director: "It was disappointing day for Mario as we were hoping to get him to the front. Obviously with the accident we lost time, but the final yellow for Tracy spoiled any hope of a good time on his last run. With Ryan we just focused on being well prepared for Sunday with tires and equipment."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Mario Dominguez , Ryan Hunter-Reay