CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise: Herdez, Dominguez get first victory

Herdez Competition rookie driver Mario Dominguez today claimed his maiden victory in the CART FedEx Championship Series in the Honda Indy 300 in Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia. Rain was falling during morning warm up and continued off and...

Herdez Competition rookie driver Mario Dominguez today claimed his maiden victory in the CART FedEx Championship Series in the Honda Indy 300 in Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia. Rain was falling during morning warm up and continued off and on as the cars gridded for the race. A major incident involving nine competitors including Dominguez occurred on lap one, forcing CART to call a red flag. During the stoppage the Herdez Competition crew, led by Team Manager Vince Kremer and New Zealand-native Crew Chief Daryl Fox, made repairs to the nose and front suspension of the #55 car, finishing just in time to join the grid for the re-start. Rain continued to fall, at times heavily, during the race allowing only six laps to be run under green flag conditions.  Savvy pit strategy by veteran team member Joe Ward led to four pit stops, the last of which occurred on lap 22. With a mandatory pit stop window of 20 laps and a shortened race distance of 41 laps, this strategy put Dominguez in the lead for the final four laps of the race as other competitors were forced to pit.

Mario Domínguez - Driver
"What goes around comes around! We've had a lot of bad luck this year. The team had a wonderful strategy. They did a great job putting the car back together after the first lap incident. I feel like the luckiest man in the world at this moment. I kept thinking I could win this thing if this or that strategy played out. But our bad luck turned around and we won. It is almost unbelievable! I really think it will be the first of many wins for this team."

Start: 18
Finish: 1 
Status: Running
Laps Led: 4
Laps Completed: 40
Points Earned: 20
Championship Position: 17 of 21
Championship Points: 37

Fast Facts
* The Indy 300 marks Domínguez's 17th start in the CART FedEx Championship Series.

* This win is the first for both Dominguez and the Herdez Competition team.

What's Next
The team will travel back to the United States on Monday, arriving in Los Angeles to begin preparations for the The 500 at California Speedway.

Event Coverage
The Indy 300 will be re-broadcast twice in the US on cable network SPEED Channel; October 27 at 9:00 pm ET and October 28 at 1:00am ET.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mario Dominguez , Joe Ward