CHAMPCAR/CART: Milwaukee: Herdez Competition Thursday report

Hunter-Reay, the Fastest Man at The Mile American Ryan Hunter-Reay set the pace tonight at the historic Milwaukee Mile; his best lap time was faster than last year's pole time. Running under the bright lights and cooler conditions offered a ...

Hunter-Reay, the Fastest Man at The Mile

American Ryan Hunter-Reay set the pace tonight at the historic Milwaukee Mile; his best lap time was faster than last year's pole time. Running under the bright lights and cooler conditions offered a different challenge to the Herdez engineers, but they prevailed with both cars finishing in the top five in today's practice sessions. Hunter-Reay and Dominguez spent the practice sessions running race and qualifying simulations, preparing for Saturday's 250-mile shoot-out. Practice continues tomorrow afternoon, followed by single-car qualifying tomorrow evening at 8:30 pm.

Mario Dominguez, #55 Herdez/Lola/ Ford-Cosworth
Position Time Speed (MPH)
Practice 1: 6th 21.626 171.793
Practice 2: 4th 21.009 176.838

Mario on the day: "I am very happy with the progress of the Herdez car. We are applying what we learned at the test, but we have more speed here tonight. We spent our sessions concentrating on full tanks trying to get the race set-up which I am happy with. As long as the conditions are similar I think we are in good shape. My Bridgestones were great in the cold temperatures, especially since they are subjected to very high g-forces constantly on these one-mile ovals. "

Ryan Hunter-Reay, #4 Herdez/Lola/Ford-Cosworth
Position Tine Speed (MPH)
Practice 1: 2nd 21.270 174.669
Practice 2: 1st 20.722 179.288

Ryan on the day: "It's a good start to the weekend for sure, and I am happy with the balance of the car. We had a very good test here last month and we basically just applied the set-up that we found at the test. This is a very physical track because it is just one-mile there is really no break at all for the driver. It is also a very technical oval andhaving a good car right out of the box is a good feeling, I am really looking forward to the rest of the weekend."

Keith Wiggins, Managing Director, "I am pleased that we are continuing the progress that we saw here in testing with both drivers. Obviously tomorrow is the day that counts and I am hopeful that we will continue to set the pace.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mario Dominguez , Ryan Hunter-Reay