Front Row Start for Tracy, Dominguez Seventh at Las Vegas LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- Saturday 7 April 2007 -- Any time a race car driver has the chance to put on a show in his home town, the adrenaline runs a bit higher. For Champ Car veteran Paul...
Front Row Start for Tracy, Dominguez Seventh at Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- Saturday 7 April 2007 -- Any time a race car driver has the chance to put on a show in his home town, the adrenaline runs a bit higher. For Champ Car veteran Paul Tracy that rings true this weekend as the Las Vegas resident will start the 2007 Champ Car World Season from the front row at the inaugural Vegas Grand Prix. After securing a guaranteed front row position by grabbing Friday's provisional pole, Tracy and the #3 crew were able to focus on race setup. The team used most of the morning practice session to concentrate on reducing tire degradation on this brand new street circuit in downtown Las Vegas. Tracy, a Las Vegas resident for the past ten years, will make his 250th Champ Car start this weekend, the most among all active drivers.
Mario Dominguez and the crew of the #7 Telmex/Cabi Developers DP01 improved their best lap time by over three seconds compared to yesterday's effort during provisional qualifying and will line up seventh on the grid for Sunday's race. Dominguez and his engineer Alex Timmermans were not able to show off their work to its full extent as the Mexican driver ran into traffic during his final qualifying run and lost precious tenths.
Paul Tracy Qualified Second
"It was a little tougher for us today. Obviously we made some changes from yesterday. But it just seemed like my car is suited to going over that big jump in the chicane. We just never really got a chance to capitalize on the tires. We seemed to either catch a red at the end of the first set of tires, then the second set of tires I had some traffic with Pagenaud, which didn't help. That kind of just killed our qualifying effort. I think we didn't have anything for the time that Will did. I think we could have made a better showing, but really the opportunity didn't come up. We're happy to be on the front row."
Mario Dominguez Qualified Seventh
"Well it was a good day overall, we definitely improved quite a bit from yesterday. The Forsythe Team has done a great job; we've been making a lot of changes and the car has just gotten better and better. Qualifying was a little disappointing because I know we could've been much faster but I caught traffic. The cars in front of me kept slowing down and that prevented me from posting a quicker time. But the good thing is that we know we have a really fast car and we should be able to move up through the grid tomorrow. It's going to be a really exciting race; it's just great to be back in a race car I can't wait for the green flag tomorrow!"