CHAMPCAR/CART: Monterrey: Herdez Competition Friday report

Herdez Competition kicked off one of their two home races today, the Tecate Telemex Grand Prix at Park Fundidora in Monterrey, Mexico. Their was a one hour and thirty minute practice session this morning and the traditional slippery track surface...

Herdez Competition kicked off one of their two home races today, the Tecate Telemex Grand Prix at Park Fundidora in Monterrey, Mexico. Their was a one hour and thirty minute practice session this morning and the traditional slippery track surface allowed the Herdez duo around 25 laps each. A new qualifying program was introduced today, which consisted of two short sessions with the fastest five of each going into a third session to select the top positions. Both Herdez drivers made it to the final round, which awards one point to the fastest driver. Hunter-Reay's Cosworth had a technical glitch, which cost him several laps in the first session, but the Cosworth technicians and Herdez mechanics did an efficient job getting Hunter-Reay out just in time to register one timed lap. Hunter-Reay followed up their effort with a fast lap, progressing him to the third, "fast" group of qualifiers. In final qualifying the Herdez duo completed five laps each and finished in the top-six. There were no starting grid positions designated today, so both drivers will start fresh tomorrow and do their best to secure the front row.

Mario Dominguez, #55 Herdez/Lola/ Ford-Cosworth
Position Time Speed (MPH)
Practice 1: 10 1:18.619 95.343
Qualifying: 5 1:17.799 97.359

Mario on the day: "We put in a good effort today but we are not satisfied. The track is getting better every lap. My Bridgestones were very good on these slick conditions. The guys are working hard, we have some good ideas to try for tomorrow and the good news is we have a clean slate tomorrow, and I expect to have the Herdez car up front and give my fans a good show in final qualifying."

Ryan Hunter-Reay, #4 Herdez/Lola/Ford-Cosworth
Position Tine Speed (MPH)
Practice 1: 14 1:19.099 95.768
Qualifying 1: 6 1:17.900 97.182

Ryan on the day: "We made some progress today, but we have quite a bit of work to do tonight in order to sort the car out for tomorrow. We had a hiccup in the first round of qualifying but we managed to get back out there and I set a pretty decent lap considering we had just one lap to get it in." Keith Wiggins, Managing Director, "We're a bit disappointed really. We are working on the set-up of the cars and I expect us to do better tomorrow which is obviously the day that counts."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mario Dominguez , Ryan Hunter-Reay