CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland open test, Wednesday notes

FORSYTHE'S MARIO DOMINGUEZ PACES WEDNESDAY CHAMP CAR TESTING AT PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY PORTLAND (April 14, 2005) -- Mario Dominguez ( ...

FORSYTHE'S MARIO DOMINGUEZ PACES WEDNESDAY CHAMP CAR TESTING AT PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

PORTLAND (April 14, 2005) -- Mario Dominguez (#7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) didn't take long to get settled in his new mount, scoring a top-five finish in last week's Champ Car World Series opener in Long Beach despite having just joined the team the week before.

That performance may have only been a precursor of things to come however, as the Mexican veteran led a field of 13 cars testing Wednesday at the 1.969-mile Portland International Raceway layout. Teams are testing at the Oregon road course this weekend in advance of the June 19 Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland Presented by G.I. Joe's, which will be Round Four of the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.

PIR officials have reconfigured the tricky Festival Curves a bit during the offseason, paving over the gravel trap area that often spelled doom for the unlucky driver that happened to spin out in that treacherous region, and drivers showed Wednesday that the track will be much faster for the effort.

Dominguez turned a quick lap Wednesday of 57.70 seconds to lead the day's testing, hanging up a time that was a full 1.5 seconds quicker than last year's polewinning clocking. In all, 12 of the 13 drivers testing on Wednesday eclipsed the 2004 pole time of 59.229 seconds.

Rookie Timo Glock (#8 Deutsche Post Speed Academy Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) continued his early-season show of strength, stopping the clocks at 57.87 to take the second spot on the speed sheets. 2004 polesitter and race winner Sebastien Bourdais (#1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) was third on the list as the last of the pilots to break the 58-second barrier.

Testing will continue Thursday before the teams head back to their shops to prepare for the May 22 event at Fundidora Park in Monterrey, Mexico.

<pre> Times for Wednesday's testing as reported by Cosworth engineers appear below.

1)  Mario Dominguez     #7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone                        57.70
2)  Timo Glock          #8 Deutsche Post Speed Academy Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone   57.87
3)  Sebastien Bourdais  #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone                    57.91
4)  Bruno Junqueira     #2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone                    58.13
5)  Alex Tagliani       #15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone             58.22
6)  Jimmy Vasser        #12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone                   58.23
7)  Cristiano da Matta  #21 Bell Micro Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone                   58.39
8)  Ricardo Sperafico   #11 Dale Coyne Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone            58.40
9)  Andrew Ranger       #27 Mi-Jack/Tide Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone                 58.44
10) Ryan Hunter-Reay    #31 Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone                 58.64
11) Oriol Servia        #19 American Medical Response Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone    58.90
12) Nelson Philippe     #34 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone                      59.14
13) Marcus Marshall     #5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone              59.99

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Ricardo Sperafico , Jimmy Vasser , Bruno Junqueira , Alex Tagliani , Oriol Servia , Mario Dominguez , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Sébastien Bourdais , Nelson Philippe , Marcus Marshall , Andrew Ranger , Timo Glock , Dale Coyne , Cristiano da Matta
Teams Dale Coyne Racing