CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach: Herdez Competition race note, quotes

Herdez Competition rookie driver Mario Domínguez was unable to finish today's event in Long Beach, California after the ...

Herdez Competition rookie driver Mario Domínguez was unable to finish today's event in Long Beach, California after the #16 car made contact with the wall at the entrance to Turn One. Two laps prior, Domínguez had completed his third and final pit stop of the day and was running 11th.

Mario Domínguez - Driver
"I just made a mistake. I should have taken it easier on the cold tires. For sure, it's a lesson I'll remember the next time. I have to say a big thank you to the team though. The pit stops were great and the race strategy was working perfectly. I had a big 'moment' getting into the pits the second time when Townsend (Bell) was coming out at the same time. The team reacted really well and we hardly lost any time at all. In fact, most of the time I made up in the race came on pit stops so the crew was a big part of that. I think that's why it is so frustrating right now because we had a good result on our hands if I had been able to finish the race."

On the new pit stop and fuel rules:
"The new rules make things very interesting and it has changed how we approach our race strategy completely. It's very complex because so many different things come into play. It's fun to watch it unfold and I think it makes for a great show for the fans since no one is just out there trying to conserve fuel to get to the end."

Keith Wiggins - Managing Director and Team Owner
"We were disappointed that we weren't quicker during qualifying, especially after the strong road-course testing we had done and our first outing in Monterrey. We certainly had expected to be more competitive out of the box. Having said that, in the race situation, Mario came on very well and looked like he was in for a very good run. The pit stops were all pretty clean and I think he did an excellent job avoiding an incident with Bell during the second stop. At the end of the day, he just got caught out on cold tires - it happens. We've made quite a few changes in the team personnel over the past few months and on the day, everyone stepped up and did a good job so we are going to stay focused on that."

Fast Facts
* The Grand Prix of Long Beach marks Domínguez's 2nd start in Champ Cars.
* Domínguez was the pole sitter in 2001 at this event as a competitor in the Dayton Indy Lights Series. He went on to finish in fourth position.

What's Next
Round Three of the CART FedEx Championship Series will take place on the oval of Twin Ring Motegi, north of Tokyo, Japan on Saturday, April 27th. The teams will load their equipment in Indianapolis late this week and depart for the Far East early the following week.


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mario Dominguez , Mario D