CHAMPCAR/CART: Houston: Forsythe Racing race report

Paul Tracy and Mario Dominguez Second and Third at Grand Prix of Houston Houston, Texas -- May 13, 2006 -- The Forsythe Championship Racing duo of Paul Tracy and Mario Dominguez proved today that they will be a force to be reckoned with for...

Paul Tracy and Mario Dominguez Second and Third at Grand Prix of Houston

Houston, Texas -- May 13, 2006 -- The Forsythe Championship Racing duo of Paul Tracy and Mario Dominguez proved today that they will be a force to be reckoned with for the remainder of the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. "Super Mario" Dominguez scored the Bridgestone Pole Position on Friday and led for 63 laps from the start on Saturday (a career high) and it seemed he was going to be unbeatable at this new temporary facility around the grounds of Reliant Stadium and the Astrodome, but a small mistake cost him the lead and once Sebastien Bourdais stole it from him he never gave it back. Mario battled on to finish third, his second podium with the Forsythe Team, which puts him second in the standings. Paul Tracy ran a strong race and pressured the leader every step of the way; his second-place finish puts him back on track in the chase for the Vanderbilt Cup.

Paul Tracy - #3 INDECK
Finished Second, Seventh in Point Standings

"Obviously we weren't the fastest car on the track, but it was a steady night for us. The car was balanced pretty well, just a tick off of Mario and a tick off of Sebastien. You know, the middle part of the race was probably the most interesting for me when Sebastien was on reds (the softer-compound red-sidewall Bridgestone Potenzas), Mario was on blacks, I was on blacks. It seemed that Mario and I, we were both quicker in that stint. I was able to stay a lot closer to Sebastien on blacks, and the car felt better on the blacks than it did on the reds. The times had picked up from the first stint. Then when we switched over to the reds for the end of the race, Sebastien was on blacks, it just seems like his car became more consistent and my car became harder to drive, a little bit more oversteer."

"I just kind of settled into knowing that we needed to get points and come away with a second. It was a tough race physically for me. My hips and pelvis took a big bashing. I'm sitting on the floor of my car since I'm bigger than most of these guys. The track just beat the hell out of me tonight. My hips go from carbon to carbon sitting in the tub, there's no cushion in between. But now we head to Monterrey and I'm looking forward to moving up in the standings."

Mario Dominguez - #7 Orgullo de Mexico/INDECK
Finished Third, Second in Point Standings

"It was a very tough race, very physical. Sebastien, he did well. I give him credit. He pressured me pretty good. He was saving fuel. I knew he was saving fuel. I had to save fuel and at the same time stay in the lead. That's where I got caught. I locked up the rear tires, just went straight into the runoff, lost first place. I was really fighting for it, doing my best to save first place. Sometimes the car would get really sideways, especially on restarts. Saving fuel wasn't easy, but I was doing it. It's unfortunate that I lost the race, but at the same time I think it's very positive that we showed today that we can be the fastest, we can get the pole position, run at the front. I feel very confident for Monterrey and I know that I will give my country a great result and prove again why we are the Pride of Mexico. I also want to thank Roshfrans for coming on board and being part of a great race, hopefully we'll give them an even better result next week."

The next round of the Champ Car World Series, the Tecate Grand Prix of Monterrey Presented by Roshfrans, will take place next weekend, May 19-21. Follow all the action on SPEED TV and the Champ Car website (www.champcar.ws) as the Forsythe Team tries to keep their momentum alive and win in Mexico.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Mario Dominguez , Sébastien Bourdais