CHAMPCAR/CART: Mexico City: HC, Mario Dominguez preview

Dominguez Prepared for Hometown Victory in Mexico City Top 3: Mario Dominguez sits just 19 points out of the top three in the Champ Car World Series Championship. With his recent podium finish at the previous race in Surfers Paradise, Australia,...

Dominguez Prepared for Hometown Victory in Mexico City

Top 3: Mario Dominguez sits just 19 points out of the top three in the Champ Car World Series Championship. With his recent podium finish at the previous race in Surfers Paradise, Australia, Dominguez broke the top five; he is currently fifth with 228 points.

Hometown Hero: A native of Mexico City, Dominguez resides just 15 minutes from Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. He will have plenty of support this weekend, as he is the top ranked Mexico driver going into the final race of the 2004 Champ Car season.

The Fiesta is On -- Herdez Style: 5,000 guests are expected to enjoy the fantastic food and hospitality of Herdez Competition this weekend. Here is a sample of Chef Hector Benavides's shopping list: 200 dozen eggs, 650 lbs. of Oaxaca cheese, 500 lbs. of corn dough for corn tortillas, 60 kilos or 6 cases of Herdez jalapeño peppers, 20 cases or 300 kilos of Herdez Salsa Cesara, 20 cases of zucchini flowers, 100 lbs. or 48 kilos of Dona Maria refried beans, 120 lbs. of tomatoes, 600 lbs. of chicken breasts, 400 lbs. of beef and to drink; 240 gallons of El Jimador Tequila and 400 cases of beer accompanied by 2,400 lemons and 2,400 limes!

2004 Statistics: Dominguez's consistency throughout the 2004 season has led to his success in the series championship. His average starting position this year is sixth (his best qualifying effort in 2003 was one sixth place start); he has started in the top five on eight occasions. His average finishing position is seventh, however he has finished in the top five on six occasions. Dominguez has run in the top-five in 11 of the 13 races completed.

Mario on Mexico City:"There is no other feeling like racing in front of your home crowd, especially when its 300,000 plus excited, loyal Mexican fans. To win this race would be a dream come true, it is certainly one of my biggest goals in life and we are going to work very hard to make that happen. We finished on the podium last year and it was just incredible. I was asked to go and drive around the Angel of Independence while thousands of fans cheered me on. It was probably the biggest honor of my life. Not only is it my home race, but also it is the home race for my sponsor Herdez who have given me an incredible amount of support through the years. They are not only my sponsors, but they are like my family and I truly appreciate everything they have done for me and for my career. I have a very good team and we have been working very hard on our strategy and set-up for this event, we have all been excited for this race all year, it's going to be a fantastic weekend."

-www.TeamHerdez.com

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