PAUL TRACY SECOND IN PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING FOR THE GRAND PRIX OF HOUSTON HOUSTON, Texas - May 11, 2006 - Team Forsythe duo Paul Tracy and Mario Dominguez got a full Texan experience today when it seemed more like they were riding bucking ...
PAUL TRACY SECOND IN PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING FOR THE GRAND PRIX OF HOUSTON
HOUSTON, Texas - May 11, 2006 - Team Forsythe duo Paul Tracy and Mario Dominguez got a full Texan experience today when it seemed more like they were riding bucking broncos than driving Champ Cars at the new temporary and extremely bumpy circuit carved out of the parking lots around the Reliant Stadium and the Astrodome. In between the traffic and numerous red flags, Tracy and Dominguez managed to put in fast laps and finish in second and fifth position respectively.
Paul Tracy - #3 INDECK Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone/Lola
"That was a wild ride today! The layout of this track is actually very interesting, there is a good combination of corners and if it wasn't for the bumps it would be fantastic. We kind of struggled with the car all day. In qualifying we made some changes that were positive and managed to put a good lap in. The lighting is surprisingly effective - not that it makes any difference because you can't see anything during the day anyway because of the bumps shaking your vision! Tomorrow we'll keep working on the setup and try to go out and fight for the Pole Position."
Mario Dominguez - #7 Orgullo de Mexico/INDECK Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone/Lola
"Well that was an interesting day! Qualifying was very difficult because every time you tried to get a clean lap in you either caught traffic or a red flag came out, so we had a tough time getting a good lap in. This is the bumpiest track I have ever driven on; I feel more like a motocross rider than a Champ Car driver at this place. We are going to work hard tomorrow to improve our qualifying position. At this track whoever has the best car over the bumps is going to be on the Pole, so we are going to go over the data and figure out some changes that will put the Pride of Mexico/INDECK car on the Pole tomorrow."
Final qualifying will take place tomorrow at 4:00pm local/CT (5pm ET, 21:00 UTC). You can tune in to Race Director, available through the Champ Car website, for live coverage of Final Qualifying with multiple channels of live video, audio, timing, telemetry and commentary, and can also see SPEED TV's delayed coverage of both days of Qualifying at midnight ET on Friday, May 12.