Mario Dominguez and Forsythe Championship Racing Reunite Wheeling, Illinois- April 29th, 2007- Forsythe Championship Racing is proud to announce that it has secured the services of veteran Mexican Champ Car Driver Mario Dominguez to pilot the ...
Mario Dominguez and Forsythe Championship Racing Reunite
Wheeling, Illinois- April 29th, 2007- Forsythe Championship Racing is proud to announce that it has secured the services of veteran Mexican Champ Car Driver Mario Dominguez to pilot the #7 Telmex/INDECK Cosworth/Bridgestone/DP01 for the first three rounds of the 2007 Champ Car World Series. This will be the second time that Dominguez and the Forsythe Team join forces, as the Mexico City native competed with the blue and white team for the full 2005 Season and four events in 2006, securing two podiums finishes, and a career first Pole Position for Dominguez at the Houston Grand Prix.
Dominguez is one Champ Car's most experienced drivers and will begin his sixth full Season of Champ Car competition in the Series. In his 78 starts he has captured two Victories, one Pole Position, 11 Podiums, and has finished among the top 10 in the Championship four times. He has also become one of the most recognizable sports figures among Latin American fans both in Mexico and in the United States.
Forsythe Championship Racing would also like to welcome back Telmex, Latin America's leading communications company and new sponsor Cabicorp, developers of Promenada at Rainbow, a residential and commercial real estate development in Las Vegas as sponsors on the #7 Champ Car.
"I am extremely happy to be given this opportunity to come back to race for the Forsythe Team, I feel like I have unfinished business here and I would like to thank Mr. Forsythe from the bottom of my heart for giving me this opportunity to go chase victories for him again. We are going to give it all we've got for the first three races and we'll all keep working on sponsorship which will hopefully come through so we can race for the rest of the year. I am 100% percent committed to this program and I will give Jerry the results that he wants, both on and off the track. I would also like to thank Telmex and Promenada at Rainbow for supporting me, without them none of this would be possible.
I had a chance to drive the DP01 in Sebring at the beginning of the year and I have no doubt that it will improve the racing this year. It is very fast and it should make the field a lot more competitive and more exciting for the fans to watch. It is quite stable and you can be aggressive with it, it really matches my driving style so I have no doubt that we will be very strong and that we'll be able to hold high the Orgullo de Mexico/Pride of Mexico"
Neil Micklewright VP Team Operations
"We are very happy to have Mario back on the Team. When we were searching for a driver for the #7 car we knew we needed someone with experience that would help us develop the new car and who could be quick right out of the box. Even though we've been strong during testing with only one car, having two cars with two quick drivers will definitely speed up our understanding and development of the car, particularly as we visit these first three street circuits which have a lot of characteristics that we haven't really been able to test with the DP01 yet. Mario has always been fast on temporary street circuits, and with the new chassis and his knowledge of the Team we'll be in the best shape possible."
Peter Davies SVP Business Development
"With our Forsythe business interests and partners CIE in Mexico, Forsythe Racing has always had a special interest in running a Mexican driver. Last year there was a whole set of circumstances which unfortunately for Mario and the Team brought to a premature end his 2006 campaign with us, but with the help and support of Telmex and new sponsors Cabicorp and Promenada at Rainbow we hope we've created a catalyst to re-engage Mexican and Hispanic companies. On this note we would specially like to thank Telmex and Carlos Slim without whom this new Mexican initiative and potential would not have been possible.
Mario and all of us at the Team will be working extremely hard with our existing and potential sponsors to ensure that Mario can challenge for the 2007 Champ Car Championship for himself, Forsythe, his sponsors and Mexico."
Jerry Forsythe Team Owner
"It's been a long and busy off season -- Champ Car has secured stronger domestic and international television partners, our next generation race car, and new venues -- new markets in Las Vegas, Europe, China and Phoenix. In considering a second driver for the Team, Mario was always an obvious choice; he not only has a lot of experience and success with the Team, but also has a huge following in Mexico and among the Latin fans in the United States. These are two key targets groups for Champ Car and it is important to give these fans a hero to cheer for and to provide Latin American companies a Motorsports platform through which to promote their products, services and brands.
With Mario Dominguez and Champ Car's exciting festivals of speed in key North American markets I very much hope we can re-establish and grow strong partnerships with Mexican and Latin corporations."