CHAMPCAR/CART: HVM Sebring test notes 2005-03-24

HVM Wraps Up Sebring Test with Mexican Superstars Dominguez and Gonzalez Indianapolis, IN (March 24, 2005) -- The conditions improved for second and final day of the Sebring test, producing optimum conditions as Mario Dominguez and Roberto ...

HVM Wraps Up Sebring Test with Mexican Superstars Dominguez and Gonzalez

Indianapolis, IN (March 24, 2005) -- The conditions improved for second and final day of the Sebring test, producing optimum conditions as Mario Dominguez and Roberto Gonzalez tested the HVM machines for the first time this year.

Coming of his fifth place finish in the 2004 Champ Car World Series Championship with HVM, Mario Dominguez re-acquainted himself with his #55 Lola and settled in for a full day of work as the HVM engineering staff had a list of configurations for Dominguez to test, most of which included long, consistent runs, preparing the team for the upcoming season. Dominguez completed 170 miles of testing, and commented on the day, "It felt great to be back in the car, it was very comfortable, we worked hard and achieved a lot today. I am very happy with the way the test went, we learned a lot and I definitely think we will have a very strong package for Long Beach. I was very happy to see my engineers and my crew, I missed them over the winter, they are amazing, we have not run since Mexico, but the way they work, everyday is like race day, they are so professional."

Fellow countryman Roberto Gonzalez tested the #4 HVM/Ford-Cosworth/Lola, although it was his first time in a Champ Car this year, he is familiar with the HVM squad, he ran with the team in Mexico City in 2003. Gonzalez completed 160 miles on Wednesday, "It was a very good day, very encouraging. We spent a few minutes shaking the car down in the morning and we were up to speed very quickly within 30 laps or so we had set a very good time and we ran second most of the morning." Gonzalez continued, "I was very comfortable and confident in the car, the communication between myself and the engineer was very good, just about every time we tried something new, the car was better and I was faster. I knew HVM is a good team because I had run with them before and I was very impressed, this test was no different, we ran all day with no complications and we maximized the day and the opportunity, so I am pleased."

HVM test four drivers in two days and Team Manger Vince Kremer was pleased with the outcome, "We had a very good day today, both Mario and Roberto did a fantastic job. We came with an extensive task list for Mario and got through it, the engineers were pleased with what we learned, as was Mario. Roberto got up to speed very quickly, this was his second time in our car, he is just as professional and talented as we remembered."

The HVM crew tested Jos Verstappen and Ronnie Bremer on Wednesday, followed by Dominguez and Gonzalez on Thursday, Kremer continued, "We are very happy with the test overall, each driver did a fantastic job, no one ever put a wheel off. The crew performed without missing a beat, the cars performed like clockwork. They were in mid-season form, it was as if we never had an off-season."

HVM Co-owner and Managing Director, Keith Wiggins was at the test and impressed with the driver's performance, "Despite the diversity of the experience of Verstappen, Bremer and Gonzalez, they all adapted very quickly to the HVM cars, it was impressive how quickly they were up to speed, they gave great feedback and are true professionals."

Ronnie Bremer's fast time from Wednesday was inaccurate; the Dane's quickest lap-time of the day was a 52.38 rather than 52.62.

Earning three victories, and eight podium finishes in just four years; HVM, Inc. has enjoyed early success in the Champ Car World Series. With more than 2.2 million people attending Champ Car races annually and a massive worldwide audience, HVM also offers a range of proven marketing and advertising platforms to enhance the business of its corporate partners. For more information about HVM, Inc. and its partners, please visit www.TeamHerdez.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jos Verstappen , Mario Dominguez , Roberto Gonzalez , Ronnie Bremer