California Transplants - PCM Arrives in Indy, Dominguez Ready for Rookie Debut Oxnard, CA (May 3, 2008) -- Mario Dominguez and the Pacific Coast Motorsports team have moved into garages 25-27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for their rookie...
California Transplants - PCM Arrives in Indy, Dominguez Ready for Rookie Debut
Oxnard, CA (May 3, 2008) -- Mario Dominguez and the Pacific Coast Motorsports team have moved into garages 25-27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for their rookie debut in the 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500.
Dominguez will cross the historic yard of bricks for the first time in his #96 Visit Mexico City/Dallara this Sunday, May 4th when he participates in the Rookie orientation practice session from 12:00pm -- 5:00 pm. The team will work on a qualifying set-up throughout the first week of practice. "This is a dream come true," said Dominguez. "Competing in the Indy 500 has been a dream of mine as long as I can remember. I have to thank all of my guys who have been working crazy hours to get us here. Also to the IndyCar Series and the Mexico City Tourism Board for their encouragement and support. To be here is a great honor, now we have a lot of work to do to make sure we make the show."
Pacific Coast Motorsports announced its IndyCar program last week in a press conference in Mexico City. The news was well received by 80 members of Mexico's major media outlets. Mario was named "Mexico City's Official Driver" last fall by Mayor Marcello Ebrard. At the press conference, the city announced they will place 92 jumbo-tron televisions throughout Mexico City, so Mario's fans can watch him vie to become the ninth rookie and first Mexican driver to win the Indianapolis 500.
The Oxnard, California-based PCM squad received their two Dallara IndyCar's just before the Champ Car finale at the Long Beach Grand Prix. Dominguez's third place finish at Long Beach fueled his team for 15-hour work days the last two-weeks as they prepared for the Indy effort. PCM's traveling team of 20 arrived in Indianapolis on Thursday, and will remain there the next four weeks. It will be the first Indy 500 for PCM, but there is plenty of experience within. PCM Team Manager Michael Harvey will make his second start, Crew Chief Roy Wilkerson has 12 Indy 500 starts under his belt, while Car Chief Didier Francesia has seven starts with two third-place finishes, and a pole and Gearbox Specialist Chuck Miller has competed at the Speedway seven times.