CHAMPCAR/CART: Motegi: Herdez Competition qualifying report

Herdez Competition Bridgestone Potenza 500 Twin Ring Motegi, Japan 1.548-mile/2.49-kilometer Oval Round 3 of 20 of the CART FedEx Championship Series Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone AM Practice Time: 26.640 sec Speed: 209.189 mph/336.648 kph ...

Herdez Competition
Bridgestone Potenza 500
Twin Ring Motegi, Japan
1.548-mile/2.49-kilometer Oval
Round 3 of 20 of the CART FedEx Championship Series
Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone

AM Practice Time: 26.640 sec Speed: 209.189 mph/336.648 kph Position: 19
Qualifying Time: 26.847 sec Speed: 207.576 mph/334.061 kph Position: 19
Conditions: overcast, 57 degrees F

Mario Domínguez - Driver

"I still have some more speed left in me. I had hoped that we could improve a bit more in qualifying because the set-up of the car is really good. Now it's just up to me to make the most of it tomorrow in the race."

On his time in Japan:

"I am really enjoying this trip to Japan. It is my first time here and it's just beautiful. The fans here at Twin Ring Motegi are fantastic - they know every driver! I spent two days in Tokyo before coming here to Motegi and I was very impressed with the city and the people."

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.

* Ford-Cosworth powered cars have had unparalleled success at this track, winning all four previously contested CART races on this teardrop-shaped oval.

What's Next
The CART FedEx Championship Series cars will take to the track for a final 30-minute warm up session at 9:00 am local time on Saturday.

Event Coverage
(There is currently a +13 hour time difference between Eastern Daylight Time and the local time at Twin Ring Motegi.) Television coverage of Qualifying will air on cable network SPEED Channel at 2:00 pm EDT on Friday, followed by "CART Friday Night" at 9:30pm EDT. Race coverage will air (tape-delayed) on SPEED beginning at 12:00 noon EDT, Saturday, April 27th with a 30-minute pre-race show immediately followed by the 201-lap Bridgestone Potenza 500. Live audio and timing & scoring will be available online at www.cart.com at 11:30 pm EDT on Friday, April 26th.

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