CHAMPCAR/CART: Mexico City: Herdez Competition preview

Mario Dominguez - Driver, Car 55 I'm very excited about this weekend's race in Mexico City. It's obviously a huge event for our sponsors and we are very motivated to produce a good result for them... not just me, but the entire team...

Mario Dominguez - Driver, Car 55

I'm very excited about this weekend's race in Mexico City. It's obviously a huge event for our sponsors and we are very motivated to produce a good result for them... not just me, but the entire team because of the one-two finish in Miami two weeks ago. I'll miss my friend Roberto Moreno this weekend but I also welcome my new Mexican teammate Roberto Gonzalez to Herdez Competition. He had a very successful test last week at Putnam Park and we are all hopeful for a good team result again this weekend at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

Roberto Gonzalez - Driver, Car 4

I am very excited for this weekend's race in Mexico City. I'm grateful to my sponsors, Nextel and Herdez, for giving me this opportunity and I'm really going to do my best to make the most of it. I've been very busy ever since we made the announcement; attending the race in Miami, testing at Sebring and Putnam Park, and now that I've returned to Mexico City I've been doing a lot of work with the media and public appearances. To be honest, the tension is building every day and now I'm really looking forward to Thursday when I can sit down with my engineers and go around the track for orientation and really get down to the business of racing. I have competed on the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez a number of times in the past, in F2, F3 and Indy Lights Panamericana but the surface has been upgraded a lot since I last raced there in 2000.

Fast Facts:

Dominguez has one Champ Car start in Mexico City; in 2002 he started 9th and finished 18th after a mechanical failure. Roberto Gonzalez makes his first Champ Car start at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

With his victory in Miami two weeks ago, Dominguez moved into sole possession of seventh place in the Drivers Championship with 101 points. He trails sixth place Oriol Servia by only seven points.

Dominguez stands third in overall laps completed so far this season with 1724 of a possible 1805 (95.5%).

The Gran Premio de Mexico will be a new high-water mark for participation of Mexican drivers in the series with two rookies, Roberto Gonzalez and Luis Diaz, bringing the total number to six. Mexico currently stands in second place in the Nation's Cup with 236 points, just 30 points behind Canada.

Where They'll Be:

Wednesday, October 8

Mario Dominguez and Roberto Gonzalez will participate in a press conference, along with the other four Mexican Champ Car drivers, in the media center at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez beginning at noon. They will also both participate in the Blessing of the Track at the Start/Finish line, immediately following the press conference. Both of these events are open to media.

Thursday, October 9

Mario Dominguez and Roberto Gonzalez will participate in the official CART Champ Car press conference, along with fellow drivers Carpentier, Servia, Salo, Tagliani, Salles, Boss, Haberfeld, and the other four Mexican drivers in the media center at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez beginning at noon. Open to the media.

Friday, October 10

Mario Dominguez and Roberto Gonzalez, along with the complete field of CART Champ Car drivers, will be available for a "Class of 2003" photo at 2:00 pm in front of the podium.

Due to the extremely high level of interest in the Herdez Competition drivers, one-on-one interviews will not be scheduled. Both drivers will be available for group interviews at the team's transporters from 4:00 - 4:20 pm on Friday and again from 3:15 - 3:40 pm on Saturday unless they have already appeared at the "top three" press conference. On Sunday, all six Mexican drivers will appear in a post-race press conference at the media center, immediately following the winner's press conference.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Oriol Servia , Mario Dominguez , Roberto Gonzalez