CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: Herdez Competition Saturday report

Despite being one of the fastest cars on the track all weekend, Mario Dominguez was unable to participate in today's final qualifying session for the Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver. Dominguez's ...

Despite being one of the fastest cars on the track all weekend, Mario Dominguez was unable to participate in today's final qualifying session for the Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver. Dominguez's #55 machine suffered a massive turbo failure in the 15-minute warm-up to the final qualifying session. The damage was beyond repair for the final qualifying session, therefore, Dominguez will start tomorrow's race based on his fantastic qualifying time from Friday, which places him in the fifth position on the starting grid.

Hunter-Reay was unable to participate in most of this morning's practice session due to damage from a brush with the wall early on in the session. Therefore, the team had little track time to perfect the #4 car. Hunter-Reay completed all of the 15 allotted laps in today's final qualifying and set the seventh fastest time. The starting grid is based on combined times from first and second qualifying, therefore Hunter-Reay will take the green flag from the eighth position.

2003's Denver Grand Prix saw Mario Dominguez pass through the field from 15th to fifth. He claims Denver as one of his favorite tracks, expect a spectacular race by Mario as he is confident he has a car that will be tough to beat.

Hunter-Reay's performance last week at Denver proved he can pass in any situation. He charged from 18th to finish fourth and intends to earn another top-five finish tomorrow.

Mario Dominguez, #55 Herdez/Lola/ Ford-Cosworth

Mario on qualifying: "Of course I am very upset that we were not able run in today's final qualifying session. We have been very fast all weekend and my Ford-Cosworth engines have been extremely reliable all year. Today things didn't go our way. The team has done a great job all weekend and we will work hard tomorrow. I have a fast racecar and I know we would have had a great shot at the pole today, but I can't sit here and cry about it, I just have to take all of my energy and focus it on a great race tomorrow."

Ryan Hunter-Reay, #4 Herdez/Lola/Ford-Cosworth

Ryan on qualifying: "It's been a tough weekend. My team and I are working very hard to get the understeer out of the car, but we are not there yet. We will give it our best tomorrow, I will drive hard, I am sure my crew will give me another good strategy and I have all of the confidence in the world in my pit crew, so I am sure my pitstops will be strong. The most important thing is for me to keep my nose clean all day and be there at the end."

Keith Wiggins, Co-Owner/Managing Director: "It's unusual to have an issue with the engine because they are so reliable. But obviously it is bitterly disappointing that it happened just before qualifying when we all had really high hopes. I feel very sorry for Mario and the team. I am disappointed that Ryan wasn't further up the grid."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mario Dominguez , Ryan Hunter-Reay