Despite a Valiant Effort by Dominguez and Crew, PCM Packs Up Indianapolis, IN -- Against all odds, rookie Mario Dominguez and his rookie PCM team nearly made the big show today. In fact, they were in for a few minutes. But racing's highest of...
Despite a Valiant Effort by Dominguez and Crew, PCM Packs Up
Indianapolis, IN -- Against all odds, rookie Mario Dominguez and his rookie PCM team nearly made the big show today. In fact, they were in for a few minutes. But racing's highest of highs and lowest of lows were on hand today for the PCM and Mexico City's ambassador Mario Dominguez. The team spent several hours fine-tuning their car today and they succeeded as Mario's second attempt bumped Roger Yasukawa. Buddy Lazier bumped Mario with less than 10-minutes remaining. Mario returned to the track just before 6:00 and clicked off a lap at 219.710 mph, it looked like he would re-bump the former Indy 500 winner. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be, Dominguez crashed as he was exiting turn two. He was not injured. Dominguez and his PCM crew will return to Sam Schmidt's race shop here in Indianapolis to prepare for the series next event at Milwaukee.
Mario on the day: "I am very, very sad. We gave 100%, every person in the PCM organization gave 100% and I am proud of the effort. After we got bumped, we trimmed the car as we thought we could do and it was just a little too much. The car was very, very loose and we were in an all or nothing situation. We made a lot of changes to the car today and made a lot of progress along the way. By the end of the afternoon, I was able to clip off consistently quick laps in the 218-range. It wasn't quite enough with Buddy's run and that was it for us. We will re-group, take a rest and get ready for Milwaukee."
Tyler Tadevic, Team Owner -- "I am so proud of this team and the job that they have done. There is no way we should have been here in the first place. We timed it perfectly today, the last car to qualify. It has been a successful month of may for us in any respect. Thank you to Mario and to the Mexico City Tourism board and the tourism board of Mexico. As cliche as it sounds, it is just another race and we need to turn our focus now to Milwaukee. It was our first event in IndyCar, big thanks to Tony George, Brian Barnhart and the rest of the guys. We were three laps from being in the biggest race in the world, and they are going to have to outlaw skateboards next year as well."
Mario's Travel Tip for the Day: "When I get home, I will go to Alameda to take a rest and re-focus for Milwaukee. This is Mexico City's first city park and it was built on the grounds of an Aztec market. I love to sit near the fountains and the sculptures and read and rest.