CHAMPCAR/CART: Milwaukee: Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing race report

Tiago Monteiro finishs 10th at The Milwaukee Mile Champ Car racing hit The Milwaukee Mile tonight for the first ever night race in the history of the series. The Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing team started 9th on the grid. Starting position was ...

Tiago Monteiro finishs 10th at The Milwaukee Mile

Champ Car racing hit The Milwaukee Mile tonight for the first ever night race in the history of the series. The Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing team started 9th on the grid. Starting position was determined by combined times from the two practice sessions after qualifying was rained out last night.

In his second oval appearance, Tiago Monteiro finished 10th due to some bad luck with traffic. "We had a good car," said the young Portuguese driver. "It's a shame that we lost a lot of positions at the beginning when I had to let up to avoid the early spin by Junqueira I had to go all the way back to 2nd gear, so that cost me about 4 or 5 places. I had some really good laps and pushed really hard. Unfortunately with our pit strategy I got stuck behind Bourdais for too long otherwise I think we could have finished in the top 6 or 7. I'm disappointed. This is a great track and it was fun to drive. We had a great car all weekend and I think we could have done better. But, we didn't crash and we scored points, so that was good. I want to thank the team, the car was amazing and they did a fantastic job."

Team owner Emerson Fittipaldi was happy with the weekend. "I'm very pleased with our car," he said. "Tiago did a great job. We caught a yellow at the wrong time and that cost us 2 laps, but I'm happy because we made a big improvement. Tiago ran the 6th fastest lap of the race, so that shows how quick we were. The team did a great job all weekend."

Emerson's pleasure with the team's improvement was echoed by co-owner James Dingman, "It was a great weekend. Tiago got caught behind some slower cars at the wrong time. The best part of the weekend was the improvement we experienced in the speed of the car. We were quick all weekend when we had clear track, so we know we're going in the right direction. I think Chris Pook and CART did a fantastic job with this event. The first Champ Car night race looks like it was a great success."

Now the team will travel to Mid-Ohio for a one-day test before heading west for the Laguna Seca and Portland races. Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing is looking forward to continuing to make improvements, getting faster and scoring more points.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tiago Monteiro , Emerson Fittipaldi , Chris Pook