Monterrey Grand Prix Fundidora Park, Monterrey, Mexico 2.1 mile temporary road course Round 1 of 20 of the CART FedEx Championship Series Track Record: 2001 Kenny Brack 1 minute, 15.244 seconds Defending Champion: Cristiano da Matta 2 hours,...
Monterrey Grand Prix
Fundidora Park, Monterrey, Mexico
2.1 mile temporary road course
Round 1 of 20 of the CART FedEx Championship Series
Track Record: 2001 Kenny Brack 1 minute, 15.244 seconds
Defending Champion: Cristiano da Matta 2 hours, 44.856 seconds
Mario Domínguez - Driver
"I'm very excited for my first race in the CART FedEx Championship Series. It's a dream come true for me to be able to make my Champ Car debut in front of the crowd in my home country and our sponsors. We have worked very hard in the winter so I'm feeling very confident about my first time out in the Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola. For me, I think the biggest challenge will be the race strategy. These races are completely different from what I am used to - I'm still getting used to pit stops, the much longer race distance, and all of the strategic decisions you have to make. But the Herdez Competition team has really helped me every step of the way and I feel I am ready for my first race in Monterrey!"
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 place.
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.
Flying the Colors
Domínguez will be sporting a special-edition helmet for this weekend's event. Temporarily abandoning his traditional color scheme of yellow, blue, and white, Mario has translated his design into the red, green, and white colors of the Mexican flag.
Domínguez has a full dance card in the days leading up to season-opener including a press conference hosted by primary sponsor and team owner Grupo Herdez on Wednesday at Ditzka Restaurant in Monterrey, the traditional CART press conference on Thursday at the track, and other appearances in the community. Then it's time to get down to business when practice begins on Friday at 10:00am, followed by provisional qualifying from 2:10 to 3:10pm.
Television coverage of Friday's qualifying session will air in the United States on cable-network SPEED Channel at 9:00 pm ET on Friday, March 8, followed by "CART Friday Night" at 10:30pm ET. Both shows will re-air beginning at 2:00am ET on Saturday, March 9. Live timing and scoring will be available online at www.cart.com.