Herdez Competition rookie driver Mario DomÃnguez today scored his best finish of the 2002 season by completing the 60-lap CART Grand Prix of Road America in eighth position. Mario DomÃnguez - Driver "This was a very good result for us today...
Herdez Competition rookie driver Mario Domínguez today scored his best finish of the 2002 season by completing the 60-lap CART Grand Prix of Road America in eighth position.
Mario Domínguez - Driver
"This was a very good result for us today but in all honesty, I have to give credit to the team. The race strategy was right on and the pit stops were great. The car was very consistent throughout the fuel runs... maybe we weren't the fastest car out there but we could run very consistently. People think sometimes in a long race like this that you can take a break or a rest but you cannot let go for one single second. You have to fight hard every single lap of the entire race. It was great fun out there for me today."
* The Grand Prix of Road America presenting the Motorola 220 marks Domínguez's 12th start in the CART FedEx Championship Series.
* While Dominguez remains in 20th position in the CART driver's championship, he moves to within one point of Oriol Servia in 19th and now trails Townsend Bell (18th overall) in the Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year standings by only four points.
The Champ Cars return to action next Friday for practice and provisional qualifying at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada. The Molson Indy Montreal will take place on Sunday, August 25th.
In an effort to provide more on-track activity to the fans of Champ Car racing, CART today announced changes in the qualifying rules for road course events which will take effect beginning next weekend at the Molson Indy Montreal. The 60-minute qualifying sessions on Friday and Saturday have been modified to give drivers 35 minutes of qualifying time. The sessions will still be 60 minutes long, but will start with a short open practice to be followed by a break in which teams can work on their cars. Teams can use tires other than their qualifying tires during the practice session, and will have the opportunity to change tires during the break. The break will be followed by 35 minutes of qualifying with 30 minutes of guaranteed green flag time. Drivers will still have a maximum of 15 laps per session with the current rules regarding red flags and stoppages remaining in effect.