CHAMPCAR/CART: Motegi: Herdez Competition preview

Twin Ring Motegi, Japan 1.548-mile Oval 201 laps, 311.148 miles (500 kilometers) Round 3 of 20 of the CART FedEx Championship Series Herdez Competition Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone Track Record: 1999 Gil de Ferran 25.463 seconds/219.000 ...

Twin Ring Motegi, Japan
1.548-mile Oval
201 laps, 311.148 miles (500 kilometers)
Round 3 of 20 of the CART FedEx Championship Series

Herdez Competition
Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone

Track Record: 1999 Gil de Ferran 25.463 seconds/219.000 mph
Defending Champion: Kenny Brack
Defending Polesitter: Helio Castroneves 25.849 seconds/215.591 mph

Mario Domínguez - Driver

"I'm very excited to go to Japan for the first time. One of the most things exciting things to me about being a driver in the FedEx Championship Series is the travel. I haven't had the opportunity to visit Japan before so I'm looking forward to taking a day or two to sightsee in Tokyo and get to know a little bit about the culture. I'm also very much looking forward to my first oval race in Champ Cars at Twin Ring Motegi. I know I still have a lot to learn and the ovals are a great challenge. I can't wait!"

Fast Facts

* The Bridgestone Potenza 500 marks Domínguez's 3rd start in the CART FedEx Championship Series and his first on an oval at this level.

* Domínguez won his debut race in the Dayton Indy Lights series on the oval at Homestead Motor Speedway in 1999.

What's Next

Practice sessions for the Bridgestone Potenza 500 will be held from 10:00 -11:30am and 2:00 - 3:15pm local time on Thursday, April 25th. There is currently a +13 hour time difference between Eastern Time in the US and the local time at Twin Ring Motegi.

Event Coverage

Television coverage of Thursday's practice sessions will air on cable network SPEED Channel Thursday at 11:00 am ET. Live timing and scoring will be available online at www.cart.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Kenny Brack , Mario Dominguez