After a promising morning warm up session which saw Mario ninth among the 18 competitors, the race itself ended in turn one on lap two. The race was started under a yellow flag and was waved green on the start of the second lap. When Dominguez ...
After a promising morning warm up session which saw Mario ninth among the 18 competitors, the race itself ended in turn one on lap two. The race was started under a yellow flag and was waved green on the start of the second lap. When Dominguez arrived a turn one, he found himself the meat in a Champ Car sandwich. With cars in front and back and nowhere to go, the car stalled and was damaged by impact with other cars.
"I don't believe it. I went down the inside line toward the first corner under green and all of a sudden, everyone just stopped. I just didn't have anyplace to go. I'm not really sure what happened but it seems that someone in front of me made contact with Jimmy (Vasser) and turned him around and then everything just stopped. Unfortunately the suspension was damaged and we couldn't continue the race. It's such a huge disappointment - I can't even tell you. We had a very good set up on the car and really felt like we could have a good result today."
- Managing Director
"To say we are bitterly disappointed probably doesn't fully explain it. From our standpoint, the first start looked better - at least mid-pack where we were. Frankly, it looked a bit of a shambles when they actually took the green flag at the start of the second lap - but there's no way to tell how that may have affected us. I don't know what else to say or do to try to break this pattern. We know that we've got the right tools and the right package and the right people - it's just not coming together for us in terms of results."
The CART FedEx Championship Series takes a one-week break from competition before heading back north of the border for the Molson Indy Vancouver, July 26-28, 2002.