CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: Herdez Competition race report

While Bruno Junqueira dominated the race, leading 76 of the 106 lap race distance, Herdez Competition driver Mario Dominguez was the talk of the pit lane as he recovered from an early conflict with Rodolfo Lavin and two pit stops in the...

While Bruno Junqueira dominated the race, leading 76 of the 106 lap race distance, Herdez Competition driver Mario Dominguez was the talk of the pit lane as he recovered from an early conflict with Rodolfo Lavin and two pit stops in the first five laps to secure his tenth top-ten finish of the 2003 season. Having dropped to 18th from his starting position of 14th, he passed car after car on his way to cross the line in seventh.

Junqueira's teammate, rookie Sebastien Bourdais and Spaniard Oriol Servia swapped their starting positions to finish in second and third places respectively.

Unfortunately, Dominguez's teammate Roberto Moreno had a tougher day on the streets of downtown Denver. After starting in 16th, he had dropped as far as 18th in the early stages of the race. He worked his way back up to eleventh before losing the car under braking in turn one of lap 77 and contacting the outside wall.

Champ Car World Series leader Paul Tracy started ninth and finished fourth; while he retains the lead with four rounds remaining, the margin was cut from 28 points to 18 in just this one event.

Mario Dominguez - Car 55

"I was really happy with the car today and the team gave me great pit stops. I was really confident all race because I had a good car under me and when other people made mistakes I was able to get past them. Sometimes you only get one opportunity to pass in a whole race so when you are presented with that you have to go for it. I had a lot of fun out there today - especially those last twenty laps chasing Michel. It was good, clean racing and we were both going for it."

Roberto Moreno - Car 4

"I am very disappointed today - my crew worked so hard all weekend to get me going and they gave me a good race car. I had just a little understeer when I was braking and I just lost it going into turn one and couldn't catch it."

Fast Facts:

Dominguez and British rookie Darren Manning are tied with 81 points but Dominguez gets the nod for ninth place by virtue of his higher finish so far this season (second at EuroSpeedway Lausitz).

This is the tenth top-ten finish for Dominguez this season and his sixth finish in the top seven.

The Champ Car World Series takes a three weekend break before returning to action on the streets of downtown Miami, Florida on September 26-28, 2003.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Darren Manning , Bruno Junqueira , Roberto Moreno , Paul Tracy , Mario Dominguez , Sébastien Bourdais , Rodolfo Lavin