CHAMPCAR/CART: Herdez team participated in NHCC

INDIANAPOLIS (June 5, 2003) -- Grupo Herdez has long been a standard bearer in the CART Champ Car World Series among Hispanic companies, with their brands having been prominently displayed on the high-speed cars of the open-wheel racing series for...

INDIANAPOLIS (June 5, 2003) -- Grupo Herdez has long been a standard bearer in the CART Champ Car World Series among Hispanic companies, with their brands having been prominently displayed on the high-speed cars of the open-wheel racing series for many years. The team has expanded to a two-car outfit for the 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season and is enjoying one of its best seasons in 2003, with driver Mario Dominguez earning a pair of podium finishes in the year's first five races.

The Herdez squad is moving just as quickly off the track as well, as the team's #55 Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone Champ Car and Dominguez showed last week when they participated in the National Hispanic Corporate Council (NHCC) reception Tuesday evening at Ford Field in Detroit. The NHCC, of which the Ford Motor Company is a member, is a nonprofit organization that is centered around increasing business opportunities for Hispanic companies around the world.

After racing at Milwaukee on Saturday night, Dominguez journeyed to Detroit and spoke at the reception about getting his start in major-league auto racing and extolled the virtues of sponsorship and the role that Herdez played in his career. He then signed autographs for many of the attendees and posed for pictures with his Champ Car.

"Grupo Herdez and the team have done quite a lot with Ford this year in helping them publicize their Hispanic initiative and this was a very important function for us," said Herdez Competition Business Director Kevin Lee. "Ford has done a lot for the series this year and anything that we can do to help them, obviously helps us and the rest of the series."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mario Dominguez