"Super Mario" Dominguez Scores First Career Bridgestone Pole Houston, Texas -- May 12, 2006 -- Seven years ago, Mario Dominguez began his first full season of Indy Lights and sent a strong message to the world of motorsports by taking Pole ...
"Super Mario" Dominguez Scores First Career Bridgestone Pole
Houston, Texas -- May 12, 2006 -- Seven years ago, Mario Dominguez began his first full season of Indy Lights and sent a strong message to the world of motorsports by taking Pole Position and leading every lap at Homestead, Florida. In the last few years since moving to Champ Cars, Mario has scored two victories and nine podiums but has never taken the premier grid position for a Champ Car race. Today around a very bumpy and challenging 1.69-mile temporary circuit on the grounds of Reliant Stadium and the Astrodome, "Super Mario" proved why he is the Pride of Mexico by taking his first Bridgestone Pole Award in a dominating fashion. It was a stellar day for the Forsythe team with teammate Paul Tracy second quickest in the final qualifying session. Tracy will start third behind Bruno Junqueira who scored a guaranteed front row start when he took Provisional Pole yesterday.
Mario Dominguez - #7 Orgullo de Mexico/INDECK Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone/Lola
"This is a great day for me! It's great to be able to win a Bridgestone pole for my country. I think today we proved why this team is the Pride of Mexico. Forsythe has done a very good job over the winter. Over this weekend, we've worked very well together. I think the whole team deserves this Bridgestone Pole, and so do I. I've been waiting for this for many years. I'm very happy, very excited about the pole position. I am just very proud to be racing for Forsythe. I'd like to thank everybody on the team. Paul has been great to me. He's been a big help over the last year and this year. I think we are a good team together. It was very, very nerve-wracking. We decided to go out at the beginning, get the lap done. We knew the car was fast, get the job done, that was it. Yesterday was all Red Flags due to incidents, so you don't know what's going to happen. We just said, let's just go out, put in a good lap and see what happens. The cars kept running, going by, going faster. I told Michael, my engineer, no matter what happens, great job, the car is fantastic. I'm just very happy!"
Paul Tracy - #3 INDECK Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone/Lola
"I've been trying to figure out what's making the car so quick for Mario and maybe not so much for me. We made a lot of changes throughout the day today, made some more big changes right before qualifying after the warm-up. The red tires, really the first go around on them, I was maybe a little bit tentative on them. I probably could have got more on the first set of tires. The second set, I knew what I had to work with and was able to cut a pretty fast lap, but not close enough to Mario. I think it was a couple tenths behind him. We're satisfied. Obviously, it's changed the balance of how things look from yesterday. It looked like it was going to be a walk-away with Newman/Haas. We've worked very hard, and it's a different day today."
The second round of the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford will take place tomorrow at 9pm ET and will be televised by SPEED.