CHAMPCAR/CART: Motegi: Herdez Competition Thursday practice report

Herdez Competition Bridgestone Potenza 500 Thursday 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: 27.107 sec Speed: 205.585...

Herdez Competition Bridgestone Potenza 500
Thursday
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: 27.107 sec Speed: 205.585 mph/330.848 kph Position: 19
PM Practice Time: 26.891 sec Speed: 207.237 mph/333.506 kph Position: 20

Mario Domínguez - Driver

"Every lap today was a learning experience! I like this oval. Twin Ring Motegi is a beautiful place. The track itself is great - very smooth. As for me, I know I can improve a lot. The car is great but now it's up to me to get faster. For tomorrow, we have a lot of room for improvement. We know where we are strong, so we know what to do to get faster and move up the grid for qualifying. "

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.

* 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 final two practice sessions for the Bridgestone Potenza 500 will be held from 9:30 - 10:15 am and 10:30 - 11:15 am local time on Friday, April 26th. Qualifying will begin at 1:45 pm in single-car, reverse order format.

Event Coverage
Television coverage of Qualifying will air on cable network SPEED Channel at 2:00 pm EDT on Friday. Live audio and timing & scoring will be available online at www.cart.com. There is currently a +13 hour time difference between Eastern Daylight Time in the US and the local time at Twin Ring Motegi, therefore Qualifying coverage will begin at 12:45am EDT.

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