Dominguez Shines in the California Sun at PCM's Home Race
Pacific Coast Motorsports opened their final Champ Car weekend on a high-note today with Mario Dominguez fourth quick in provisional qualifying. Alex Figge ran in the top-ten in the practice sessions in the Imperial Capital Bank car but had to settle with the 12th-quick time in qualifying due to traffic. Both drivers are confident they have "more" in their car for tomorrow's final qualifying.
MARIO DOMINGUEZ, #96 PCM/Cosworth/Bridgestone
Mario on qualifying: "I am very happy with our result today! I want to thank Pacific Coast Motorsports for giving me this opportunity this weekend. I haven't been in a car in six months, since the Mexico City race last November, so it feels great to be running in the top-five! This is my first race with my new engineer, Gerald Tyler, and we are working well together. The car feels good, I think we can do a little more with it and I think I left a bit on the table today, so tomorrow should be great. It feels great to be back at PCM, it feels just like home to me. It's also great to be back with my teammate Alex Figge. We tried the Bridgestone red alternate tire and I don't think we've figured out how to get the most out of them. I set my fastest time on the Bridgestone black tire, they felt great."
Alex Figge #29 Imperial Capital Bank/Cosworth/Bridgestone
Alex on qualifying: "People are just acting insane out there. I know a lot of these guys haven't raced a Champ Car before, and I don't have a ton of experience in a Champ Car, but what is happening out there is just insane. People are gapping at 15 miles per hour. Typically it is understandable to gap once or twice per set of tires, but there are guys gapping five or six times and it's just destroying everybody else's efforts. My third lap was my quickest, which is ridiculous. The good news is the car was quick off of the truck and I think we have a lot of potential for tomorrow."
Tyler Tadevic, Team Owner: "It was a good day for us here today. We did a lot of homework over the winter and I think that shows. We're thrilled to have Imperial Capital Bank back with us this weekend and we plan to continue with another strong run tomorrow."