CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Herdez Competition race report

Today's crowd at Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was treated to the best of what Champ Car has to offer - high speed, wheel to wheel action among some of the best road racers and pit crews in the world. Fifteen of nineteen...

Today's crowd at Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was treated to the best of what Champ Car has to offer - high speed, wheel to wheel action among some of the best road racers and pit crews in the world. Fifteen of nineteen starters took the checkered flag after four different drivers led the field to a new race record of one hour, fifty-four minutes and 23.210 seconds for 75 laps. Michel Jourdain Jr. crossed the stripe a mere 1.277 seconds ahead of front row starter Oriol Servia and Canadian Patrick Carpentier. Pole sitter and local favorite Alex Tagliani came home in fourth after leading the most laps (52).

Herdez Competition driver Mario Dominguez showed early in the day that his team had solved some of the weekend's earlier challenges by posting the sixth fastest time in the morning warm up. When the race started, he worked his way steadily from a starting position of 10th to finish fifth through a combination of opportunistic driving, steady pit work and good fuel strategy.

A pit stop during the first of three caution flags put teammate Roberto Moreno out of sequence with the leaders and gave him the benefit of a clear pit lane for his remaining stops He completed six laps as the race leader on his way from 13th on the grid to a seventh place finish. Both drivers set their fastest laps of the race on the final tour with their rankings matching their finishing positions of fifth and seventh.

Mario Dominguez - Car 55
Grid Position: 10th
Finish: 5th
Laps Completed: 75/75
Points: 10
Total Points: 75
Championship Position: 10th

I'm quite happy with today's result. I had a really good car - other than putting fuel in and tires on, we didn't touch it - and we really took advantage of that. I was able to pass people from the very beginning of the race and had some great racing out there with Darren (Manning), Adrian (Fernandez), and even my teammate, Roberto (Moreno). The team gave me great pit stops and put me in a position to battle with Vasser, Bourdais and Tagliani as well. The last few minutes of the race were really exciting too - when Tracy had a problem I was able to get around him on the last lap to pick up fifth place. We'll take this result and build some momentum for next week in Denver.

Roberto Moreno - Car 4
Grid Position: 13th
Finish: 7th
Laps Completed: 75/75
Points: 6
Total Points: 51
Championship Position: 12th

The car was awesome and the team's strategy of pitting me during the first caution period paid off. Initially I wasn't so sure because I came out of that first stop behind the yellow (Dale Coyne Racing) cars. But after the third pit stop I ended up in the lead of the race and was able to set some quick lap times - that's when the strategy really showed. When you consider that we lost virtually the entire first session on Friday, you can see that the team put in a great effort all weekend. I'll take that (seventh place) with pleasure.

Fast Facts:

1. While neither driver improved their championship standing, both closed the gap to the next position. Dominguez trails Manning by only one point and Moreno shaved four points from the difference to Haberfeld.

2. The Champ Car World Series returns to action on Friday in downtown Denver, Colorado for the Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver, August 29 - 31, 2003.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Roberto Moreno , Mario Dominguez , Gilles Villeneuve , Dale Coyne , Michel Jourdain
Teams Dale Coyne Racing