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

Morning Warm Up: 1:16.716 Speed: 98.733 mph Position: 3rd Start: 12th Finish: 17th Completed 24 laps of 85 lap race distance What appeared to be a great start to rookie Mario Domínguez's Champ Car career was cut short on lap 24 when his ...

Morning Warm Up: 1:16.716 Speed: 98.733 mph Position: 3rd
Start: 12th
Finish: 17th
Completed 24 laps of 85 lap race distance

What appeared to be a great start to rookie Mario Domínguez's Champ Car career was cut short on lap 24 when his #16 Ford-Cosworth/Lola developed a misfire and he was forced to retire from the race. After starting in 12th position, Mario drove clean but aggressive laps and took advantage of the misfortunes of others when possible. By the tenth lap he had moved to 10th position and by lap 20, he was in eighth. As the first round of pit stops began, Mario moved into sixth position and was just preparing for his first pit stop when the problem developed. Crew Chief Vince Kremer and the rest of the Herdez Competition crew tried a number of "quick fixes" in pit lane but were unable to cure the car of its woes.

Mario Domínguez - Driver

"It is very, very painful to end my first Champ Car race this way. For my debut race in front of my home crowd, to not finish is very sad. We had a very competitive car all weekend and we had a great shot to finish in the top ten... or even the top five the way things were going. But I have to tell you, what makes me feel good is the sound of the crowd here in Fundidora Park. When I got out of the car, the whole crowd cheered so loudly for me - it was a bit of a surprise! As sad as I am right now, the support of the fans here really made me feel a lot better."

After a short break, the CART competitors will return to the track for round two on the streets of Long Beach, California on the weekend of April 12-14, 2002.

If you missed the live US broadcast of today's race from Monterrey, Mexico, you can catch the re-broadcast on cable network SPEED Channel beginning at 8:30pm ET tonight and again at 1:00am ET early morning on Monday.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mario Dominguez , Mario D