CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise: Pacific Coast Motorsports Saturday notes

Alex Figge: "I think we've made a lot of progress with the Conrad Jupiters car today. One of the things that makes Champ Car challenging is the lack of practice time to develop these cars as we sort of ran out of time today. This is a tough ...

Alex Figge:

"I think we've made a lot of progress with the Conrad Jupiters car today. One of the things that makes Champ Car challenging is the lack of practice time to develop these cars as we sort of ran out of time today. This is a tough track to learn and a tough track to set-up for but I love it and I love the challenge. We're not far off the other rookies, but we've been battling quite a bit of understeer. It's tough to get the car turned and on down the road. I am looking forward to keeping my head down tomorrow and doing a good job. We're going to need to keep a qualifying pace in the race in order to make up some ground on the track, otherwise we'll just benefit from other's mistakes and I'd like to work my way up the field in the Conrad Jupiters car."

Mario Dominguez:

"This result is not what we were expecting with the TECATE car after running fifth this morning and in the top-seven most of the weekend. I was not able to maximize the Bridgestone Red tires. I tried really hard, but I think our set-up was not optimal for the red tires. I am confident for our race tomorrow, I think if we have a good strategy and stay clear tomorrow; we can get the TECATE car back in the top-seven where we belong! With three podium finishes here in Australia in the last five years, this is my most successful track and I can think of nothing better than a repeat podium this year as we head into the final round at home in Mexico City."

Tyler Tadevic, Team Director:

"I think the team has done a great job this weekend. Both Alex and Mario have made a lot of progress and done a good job. It is not easy coming here as a rookie team, it's a tough place. Mario was fifth quick this morning, our best session of the year. We were hoping for something similar in qualifying but we missed it with the reds, I don't think we were able to compensate him with a good set-up on the red tires."

Credit: pcm

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mario Dominguez , Alex Figge