Podium Finish for Tracy, Dominguez Ninth at Las Vegas LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- Sunday April 8th, 2007 -- Paul Tracy and the Forsythe Team proved today that they will be a force to be reckoned with during the 2007 Champ Car World Series Season by...
Podium Finish for Tracy, Dominguez Ninth at Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- Sunday April 8th, 2007 -- Paul Tracy and the Forsythe Team proved today that they will be a force to be reckoned with during the 2007 Champ Car World Series Season by finishing third at the inaugural Vegas Grand Prix. Mario Dominguez encountered problems all throughout the race but still managed to salvage a top ten result in his #7 Telmex/Cabi Developers DP01 Champ Car.
Starting from the front row, Tracy took the lead when the green flag dropped and held it for nine laps until Will Power managed to squeeze through at the braking zone for Turn 1. Tracy was able to follow comfortably and proceeded to conserve tires and fuel until lap 28 when he made his first pit stop. During the pit stop a problem with the fueling system (in the car) prevented the team from filling up the tank; Tracy left the pits with enough fuel for only four laps. The 2003 Champion had to make an extra pit stop in order to fill the tank, dropping him to ninth. For the rest of the race he kept a very strong pace including setting the second quickest lap of the race (1m20.427s) and managed to fight his way back to third at the finish. Tracy currently sits third in the Championship standings with 27 points.
Mexican Mario Dominguez and the #7 Forsythe crew had a difficult and busy day (at) on the streets of Downtown Las Vegas. The problems started on lap 24 when Dominguez had to make an unscheduled pit stop to repair a problem with in the right rear suspension of his DP01 Champ Car. After the repairs were complete he found himself several laps down but still running as quick as the leaders. On lap 48 he had to once again make an unscheduled pit stop but this time the problem was a strong vibration in the front wing. The Forsythe Team quickly replaced the wing and sent Dominguez back on his way. Despite the numerous problems the Mexican veteran still managed to salvage a ninth place finish and ninth in the Championship standings with 13 points.
Paul Tracy - #3 INDECK Cosworth/Bridgestone/DP01
3rd Third in Championship with 27 points
"It went really well today. I was able to get a really good start and get by Will (Power) on the first lap. We spent a lot of the first part of the race under yellow. Then once we got going, I made a small mistake, hit the curb at the chicane, bounced up high off the ground. Will really capitalized off that, drafted up on me and managed to pass me. I got a slow entry onto the straightaway so I really couldn't put up much of a fight about it. After that I just sat in behind him saving fuel. I came to the first stop glued to the back of him. We came in and did our first pit stop. The car didn't take any fuel, we spent 15 seconds and ended up getting only four laps of fuel. So that was a bit frustrating. We came back out and chased, then had to come straight back in and take fuel again. That really took the fight out of the race I think for Will (Power). I think we could have put a lot of pressure on him. Obviously, by then we were 45, 50 seconds behind him after doing another stop. We just had to fight, push hard all day, continue to catch people up, get by them. It was a good day for the Forsythe Team."
Mario Dominguez - #7 Telmex/Cabi Developers Cosworth/Bridgestone/DP01
Ninth in Championship with 13 points
"Well today definitely didn't go as we hoped. During the first laps we managed to pick up a few positions and the Telmex/Cabi Developers car was running great, our first pit stop was good and I was pretty confident that we were headed towards the front. Unfortunately during our second stint we had a problem with the rear suspension and had to come in to replace one of the parts which completely took us out of contention. We came back out a bunch of laps down and just wanted to finish the race to get some points, then we had another problem with the front wing and had to come in to fix that So overall a very frustrating day, we still managed a top ten so that's a plus. We just have to move on to Long Beach and keep working hard."
The Forsythe Team and the Champ Car World Series now head west for the 33rd Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the second round of the 2007 Champ Car World Series which will takes place April 13-15.