CHAMPCAR/CART: Herdez Competition Laguna Seca test report

Herdez Competition completes Laguna Seca testing. INDIANAPOLIS (January 28, 2003) - The first "open test" of the 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season got under way last weekend at the beautiful Mazda...

Herdez Competition completes Laguna Seca testing.

INDIANAPOLIS (January 28, 2003) - The first "open test" of the 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season got under way last weekend at the beautiful Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca. Herdez Competition presented two cars for the test, piloted by last year's CART Rookie of the Year Mario Dominguez and veteran Roberto Moreno, and followed the open test with another day of team testing on Monday.

Both cars performed well during the open test in which a total of 13 potential Champ Car competitors participated. "We had no major hiccups," said Chief Engineer Tom Brown. "Both cars ran smoothly all three days and we generated a lot of good data and miles."

Dominguez posted his best time on the third day of testing, 1:09.8 seconds around the 2.238 mile permanent road course while Moreno continued to get accustomed to the Lola chassis.

Team principal Keith Wiggins was also complimentary about the team's results. "This was time well-spent for us as a team as we were able to continue to develop the car we had last season. Both drivers did a good job during the test; we were extremely pleased with Mario's progress in particular. He has started these pre-season tests as a more mature and confident driver and it's showing in his on-track performance."

Dominguez was pleased with his results as well. "I think the test went really well. We got to test a lot of things on the car that we never had the time to do last year - I didn't realize there were so many options left! This is where you really see the benefit of running two cars; we were able to try out some things on my car and others on Roberto's and it allows the team to make much faster progress through the engineering plan."

Both drivers will return to their duties next week as a part of Champ Car's "Spring Training" media and testing event in Florida. Beginning with media events on the site of the season-opener in St. Petersburg on Sunday and Monday, on-track testing will continue at Sebring International Raceway February 4 - 6, 2003.

-HC-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Roberto Moreno , Mario Dominguez , Tom Brown