CHAMPCAR/CART: Mexico City: Herdez Competition Saturday qualifying report

Mario Domínguez - Driver "Our goal for the day was a top ten qualifying position so we are very happy with that achievement. The track was slower today than yesterday so we were also very happy to be one of the few to go faster today ...

Mario Domínguez - Driver

"Our goal for the day was a top ten qualifying position so we are very happy with that achievement. The track was slower today than yesterday so we were also very happy to be one of the few to go faster today than yesterday. This is a very, very good starting position for the team and for all of our sponsors. It means the world to me, the way I am being supported by the fans here in Mexico City. You would think we were first instead of ninth the way everyone was cheering! A big 'thank you' to all of the fans for coming out to support me and the team. I also have to say a special thank you to Ford-Cosworth. They gave us a different specification engine today than we have had in the past and it helped us a lot."

Keith Wiggins - Managing Director

"It was certainly one of those days when everything comes together. The team did a great job, as they have been doing, and Mario was very focused. He did a particularly good job yesterday and today we were able to build on that. We were very impressed with the engine Ford-Cosworth gave us for today. So today was a good day - but tomorrow is the day that really counts!"

Fast Facts
* This is Domínguez's best qualifying effort of the year, surpassing his previous best of 12th at Parque Fundidora in Monterrey, Mexico and Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California.

* Domínguez was fifth fastest in final qualifying today. The grid order is determined by the fastest time posted either day of qualifying therefore his starting position is 9th overall.

* Domínguez currently stands 18th of 23 drivers in the series Championship with 37 points. He has locked up the Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year Award competition by a margin of 18 points. 

What's Next
The final 30-minute pre-race warm up session will begin at 10:30 am local time on Sunday morning. The cars will begin gridding at 2:15 pm in preparation for the green flag at 3:00 pm local time.

Event Coverage
US television coverage of the Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante Presented by Banamex/Visa begins at 3:30 pm ET on Sunday afternoon with a half-hour pregame show on cable network SPEED Channel. The race broadcast will begin live at 4:00 pm. In Mexico, the broadcast will be live on TV Azteca. Live timing and scoring will be available online at www.cart.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mario Dominguez , Mario D