CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland: Herdez Competition race report

With a tough weekend behind them, Herdez Competition looks forward to Cleveland Sunday, June 20, 2004 Ryan Hunter-Reay paced warm-up this morning, hoping the technical gremlins the team had been fighting all weekend were over, but it wasn't to...

With a tough weekend behind them, Herdez Competition looks forward to Cleveland Sunday, June 20, 2004

Ryan Hunter-Reay paced warm-up this morning, hoping the technical gremlins the team had been fighting all weekend were over, but it wasn't to be. Hunter-Reay made a great start, he gained three positions and ran as high as seventh before the instability of the rear-end of his car took over and made it a very long 94 lap race for the #4 crew, who made three perfect pitstops. Hunter-Reay took the checkered flag in the 12th position; he earned nine race points and is ranked fifth in the drivers Championship.

Mario Dominguez has run inside the top-ten all weekend and earned a strong sixth place starting position, his best start ever at the 1.969-mile road course. Mario made a clean start when the first of three green flags fell, but a yellow came shortly after for an incident that included Michel Jourdain Jr. The race re-started on lap three, but Dominguez spun coming on to the front straight and made contact with Rudolpho Lavin. Dominguez earned four points and sits seventh in the drivers Championship with 66 points.

Mario Dominguez, #55 Herdez/Lola/ Ford-Cosworth

Mario on the day: "I had a good car here today and my best starting position so far at this track so I was really looking forward to the race. Unfortunately, I made a mistake coming on to the front straight on the re-start. I used the push-to-pass and with the extra boost I had too much wheel spin and I spun and hit the wall. I am very disappointed because I think I had a good shot at a strong finish here today. My crew worked really hard all weekend, they are the best, I will give them a great finish in Cleveland."

Ryan Hunter-Reay, #4 Herdez/Lola/Ford-Cosworth

Ryan on the day: "That was the most difficult two hours of my racing career. We have been working all weekend trying to settle the rear of the car. After each stop the car was great, but after five laps or so, the rear-end would become extremely unstable. My crew did a fantastic job in the pits again today, they were doing their best to help me out, but I was lucky to finish the race, the car was extremely hard to drive. While we will spend a lot of time as a group trying to figure out what went wrong here, we have this one behind us now and we will head to Cleveland where I have had very good results, so I am looking forward."

Keith Wiggins, Co-Owner/Managing Director: "I am very disappointed. I think Mario could have been competitive without the crash, but we definitely got it wrong with Ryan. Portland never seems to have been a good track for us, so we will make sure to get it right next year."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mario Dominguez , Ryan Hunter-Reay