CHAMPCAR/CART: Milwaukee: Ford Racing Friday practice report

DOMINGUEZ THIRD-QUICKEST DURING FRIDAY PRACTICE AT THE MILWAUKEE MILE - Herdez Competition driver Mario Dominguez posted the third-quickest lap during practice for the Miller Lite 250, completing the one-mile circuit in 22.586 seconds for an...

DOMINGUEZ THIRD-QUICKEST DURING FRIDAY PRACTICE AT THE MILWAUKEE MILE - Herdez Competition driver Mario Dominguez posted the third-quickest lap during practice for the Miller Lite 250, completing the one-mile circuit in 22.586 seconds for an average speed of 164.491 miles per hour. Adrian Fernandez set the pace with his lap of 22.021 seconds (168.712 miles per hour), while defending race champion Kenny Brack was second-fastest on the day with his effort of 22.535 seconds (164.864 miles per hour).

Quotes:
MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#16 Herdez Ford) - 22.586 seconds (3rd-fastest lap) -

"We tested here a few weeks ago and started out with a very good car. I think we had a pretty good base setup so we spent most of the day making changes and trying a few different setups. But overall the team gave me a very good car and hopefully we can keep it up for the rest of the weekend."

JIMMY VASSER (#8 Shell Ford) - 22.689 seconds (6th-fastest lap) -

"Basically we were working a little bit on both qualifying and race setup. We're not extremely happy with either of them, but it's not bad either. We're limited a bit on the amount of tires we could run today and I didn't want to run any more than one set per session. With the length of the race at 250 miles I think you need to have four sets of good tires in the pits plus the one you qualified on. That gives you five sets and they only give you seven, so we were in a bit of tire conservation mode today. All in all, we're reasonably pleased. I think we have a top five car, but right now we need to do a little bit better to make it a winning car."

MICHEL JOURDAIN, JR. (#9 Gigante Ford) - 22.887 seconds (17th-fastest lap) -

"We were working very hard to try and get the balance right, and I probably need to work myself on going into the corner a little differently. But I think the most important thing here for sure is the race itself. If you don't have the best car in qualifying it's not the end of the world, but I think it's important to have a good racecar. Hopefully tomorrow we can improve the balance a little bit more and try to go a little bit faster for qualifying. Let's see what happens."

MAX PAPIS (#22 Sigma Autosport Ford) - 22.791 seconds (11th-fastest lap) -

"We focused in the morning on trying to go fast, but this afternoon we tried mainly long runs. I think we might be the only car that hasn't done any testing at all between the last race and now, so I feel like we should be pretty happy with how we did today. We're closer to the race pace than what I'm happy with for qualifying, but I think we still have one day to work on it and I'm going to really focus a lot on our race setup because that's the most important. We made a good improvement, but we're still not where I want to be."

WHAT ELSE WERE YOU WORKING ON TODAY? "We've been working on launch control with Ford and Cosworth - coming out of the pits and we've done a lot of experimenting with that. I think that with a little bit of work, the traction control will make my coming out of the pits a little bit easier. We are always working to make some improvements and I'm sure those things are going to pay off, especially come race time."

HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO QUALIFY WELL HERE? Qualifying is still fairly important and will definitely make your life easier for the race. But the race is where it counts and I feel like we've been working hard towards our race pace. We are very close to getting a good race pace, which is important because with 250 laps it's definitely not sprint race at all."

PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford) - 23.076 seconds (23rd-fastest lap) -

"We were not very good today. We tried a couple of things and nothing worked. We were working on the front end of the car and it's bad, but at the end the rear was pretty bad as well. I think the front is worse so we concentrated on that, but every time we make any small improvements on the front the rear of the car gets loose. But I also think we need to work on the back and make it better and then we'll see the improvements."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Kenny Brack , Mario Dominguez