CHAMPCAR/CART: Mont?rr?y: Herdez Competition Friday report

March 8, 2002 Fundidora Park, Monterrey, Mexico 2.104 mile temporary road course Round 1 of 20 of the CART FedEx Championship Series Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone Track Record: 2001: Kenny Brack 1 minute, 15.244 seconds Practice Time:...

March 8, 2002
Fundidora Park, Monterrey, Mexico 2.104 mile temporary road course

Round 1 of 20 of the CART FedEx Championship Series Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone

Track Record: 2001: Kenny Brack 1 minute, 15.244 seconds
Practice Time: 1:22.437 Speed: 91.881 mph Position: 14th
Qualifying* Time: 1:19.982 Speed: 94.701 mph Position: 12th

* note: this is a provisional qualifying position. Grid positions will be finalized in Saturday's qualifying session.

Mario Domínguez - Driver

"That was pretty good! I had a great time out there... probably the best time I've ever had in a racecar! I'm happy because the team is happy. I'm especially happy with our position since I know we still have a lot of room for improvement in the car. We knew the track was going to get faster at the end of the session but our team strategy was to go out a little earlier in the session so I had the track more to myself. At Sneak Preview we got hurt by a lot of red flags at the end of the session so we decided to make sure that situation didn't happen again. Hopefully, we'll be able to improve our position in tomorrow's final qualifying."

Keith Wiggins - Managing Director and Owner

"I think Mario did a good job for his first time ever qualifying a Champ Car. Our strategy was to keep it as simple and `unstrategic' as possible and just let Mario focus on doing the job in the car. Although we did get interrupted by a couple of red flags, it was a safe strategy for us to make sure we gave Mario the most time on track as possible."

Fast Facts

The Monterrey Grand Prix marks Domínguez's debut in the CART FedEx Championship Series.

Although this race is his first in a Champ Car, it is not Mario's first time around the Fundidora Park circuit. As a Dayton Indy Lights competitor in 2001, he started and finished this event in fourth.

Domínguez, a native of Mexico City, Mexico, joins Adrian Fernandez and Michel Jourdain, Jr. in representing their home country - the first time there have been three Mexican drivers competing in the CART FedEx Championship Series.

What's Next

Final qualifying for the Monterrey Grand Prix will take place from 1:45 to 2:45 pm local (Central) time Saturday, following a 75-minute practice session beginning at 10:00am Central Time.

Event Coverage

Television coverage in the United States on cable network SPEED Channel for Friday night and Saturday morning is as follows:

Friday, March 8 CART Friday Qualifying 9:00 pm ET

Friday, March 8 CART Friday Night 10:30pm ET

Saturday, March 9 CART Friday Qualifying (re-air) 2:00am ET

Saturday, March 9 CART Friday Night (re-air) 3:30am ET

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Kenny Brack , Mario Dominguez , Michel Jourdain