QUALIFYING RESULTS IN MEXICO CITY NOT IDEAL FOR ROCKETSPORTS MEXICO CITY, Mexico (November 11, 2006) -- After a very hard-working Rocketsports Racing crew made changes overnight with the hopes of better results in today's final qualifying effort...
QUALIFYING RESULTS IN MEXICO CITY NOT IDEAL FOR ROCKETSPORTS
MEXICO CITY, Mexico (November 11, 2006) -- After a very hard-working Rocketsports Racing crew made changes overnight with the hopes of better results in today's final qualifying effort for the Gran Premio Telmex Presented by Banamex, disappointment lingered throughout the team's pits when they did not move higher up on the grid after Mario Dominguez and Antonio Pizzonia qualified 11th and 15th, respectively.
Despite qualifying 11th, Dominguez is satisfied with the improvements that were made during the qualifying session on the #8 Pemex/GICSA/Del Valle car and expects to have a good car for tomorrow's race. He ran his fastest lap of the weekend this afternoon, posting a time of 1:26.450 (115.516 mph).
Improvements were also made during qualifying this afternoon for Antonio Pizzonia, however it was not enough to place the Brazilian and the #18 Lexington Energy Services/Rocketsports team in a comfort zone. After running his quickest lap time during his first race weekend here in Mexico City of 1:26.948 (114.855 mph), Pizzonia will grid 15th on tomorrow's grid.
Even though the team's grid positions are not ideal, it does not indicate what they could accomplish tomorrow during the race. In the last event that took place in Australia, Dominguez started 10th on the grid, and with a clean race, solid race car, and good race strategy, he found himself on the podium with a second place finish.
There will be a 30-minute Warm Up session tomorrow morning, before the Champ Cars take to the grid at 1:15 p.m. local time. The green flag is scheduled to drop at 2:00 p.m. CST for the start of the Champ Car season finale in Mexico City, Round 14 of the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. A Qualifying Show can be seen tonight on SPEED Channel at 11:30 p.m. EST. The race can be seen live tomorrow on SPEED Channel with coverage beginning at 3:00 p.m. EST. For more information check out www.rocketsportsracing.com, or log on to www.champcar.ws and sign up for Race Director to follow the team during their final day on-track in 2006.
Mario Dominguez #8 Pemex/GICSA/Del Valle/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"We did not qualify as well as I had hoped for, but the main thing is that the #8 Pemex/GICSA/Del Valle car is ready to go for the race tomorrow. We made some changes throughout the day that showed improvement, so I feel that we should have a good race car for tomorrow. I think that we will be able to turn a not so positive qualifying position into a good race finish for all the fans and my sponsors Pemex, GICSA, Del Valle, Banca Mitel, Telmex, and Bridgestone.
Antonio Pizzonia #18 Lexington Energy Services/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"I am disappointed with our results today. We have been struggling with the #18 Lexington Energy Services car all weekend. We just can't seem to get the balance right. We made a lot of changes last night and throughout the day, but the car is still not where we would like it to be. This is a disappointing result for the team because I know that we all wanted to qualify better, especially with this being the last race of the season. We will just go out there tomorrow and make the most of what we have, and see where it goes from there. Hopefully we can have a clean race and finish higher up then where we will start tomorrow. We will do our best, as a good result would be great for the team and our sponsor Lexington Energy Services."