CHAMPCAR/CART: Herdez Competition Mid Ohio test report

Domínguez completes in-season testing program. INDIANAPOLIS (May 21, 2002) - Herdez Competition rookie driver Mario Domínguez yesterday completed part of the planned in-season testing program* for his 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series season...

Domínguez completes in-season testing program.

INDIANAPOLIS (May 21, 2002) - Herdez Competition rookie driver Mario Domínguez yesterday completed part of the planned in-season testing program* for his 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series season at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

Originally planned as a two-day test, incessant rain forced the cancellation of the test on Monday, May 13th and severely limited the running on Tuesday, May 14th. Consequently, the team decided to return yesterday to complete their planned program.

While posting a best time of 67.2 seconds around the 13-turn, 2.258-mile permanent road course, Domínguez and the team focused on the evaluation of various mechanical and aerodynamic developments rather than pure speed.

"I think we had a good test overall," reflected Domínguez. "We learned a lot about the car and various suspension set-ups for the road courses. Although I've raced on the Mid Ohio track before, it was in Indy Lights. The Champ Car is a completely different beast there - very exciting, but very different. At the end of the day, I'm confident that we could have posted a faster time in the afternoon but we were focused on different areas. The key thing is that we feel confident that we know how to set up the car to be fast there."

Despite the five week lay-off between rounds three and four of the FedEx Championship, Domínguez hasn't had much time to relax. In addition to the three days spent at Mid Ohio, the team also completed a day of testing at the Milwaukee Mile and Domínguez was in Chicago last weekend, helping to promote the upcoming CART Grand Prix of Chicago.

"It's been a pretty busy!", Domínguez said. "I feel like I'm ready for Milwaukee. The race schedule gets very busy now but I'm feeling in shape and ready to get going. My lead in the rookie championship is only two points right now but I know the results will definitely start to come now!"

* Rule changes in 2001 effectively eliminated in-season testing programs for Champ Car teams, with the exception of three days allocated for rookie drivers. In 2002, teams were additionally granted the opportunity to test for two days during the break between rounds three and four.

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