Herdez Competition Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca 2.238-mile permanent road course Sneak Preview - Sunday, February 10, 2002 Monterey, California <pre> AM Time: 1:11.112 seconds Speed: 113.297 mph Position: 16th PM Time: 1:10.744...
Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca
2.238-mile permanent road course
Sneak Preview - Sunday, February 10, 2002
Monterey, California <pre> AM Time: 1:11.112 seconds Speed: 113.297 mph Position: 16th PM Time: 1:10.744 seconds Speed: 113.887 mph Position: 20th </pre> CART FedEx Championship Series rookie Mario Domínguez today completed his second full day of testing on the rolling hilltop Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca. The day proved problematic for the 26-year-old Mexican as a morning shunt in the primary car forced him into the backup for the balance of the day's activities.
Managing Director Keith Wiggins was matter-of-fact about the team's results. "Quite frankly, we don't appear to be very quick here - and we need to find out why. We tried a lot of different things during the course of the day and, while we made progress, it was clearly not enough relative to the other competitors."
Domínguez was also restrained in his evaluation of the day. "It was tough out there. We were battling with understeer at the beginning of the day and after ten laps, the tires were just gone. By the end of the day we had put together some things that we thought would really make a difference in the lap times but after we put on new tires for the end of the final session, a couple of guys had problems which caused red flags and we weren't able to get a hot lap in."
The damage to the car from this morning's shunt was significant but not terminal and the Herdez Competition crew members will spend the next two days here at the Mazda Raceway affecting repairs to that Lola chassis and preparing the back-up car for another day on the track on Wednesday.
Regardless of today's results, Domínguez was upbeat about the test and his prospects. "Overall, I'm very happy with the performance of the team during this test. We get another chance on Wednesday to get out there and establish a benchmark time. Every time I get in the car I learn something new so we just have to stay focused and keep working."
This concludes CART's Sneak Preview activities.