CHAMPCAR/CART: Road America: Herdez Competition Friday report

Mario Dominguez - Driver, Car 55 The car doesn't have as much grip as I thought it was going to have. We made a couple of changes but they didn't really improve the car much. Based on the testing we've done, we really expected to be...

Mario Dominguez - Driver, Car 55

The car doesn't have as much grip as I thought it was going to have. We made a couple of changes but they didn't really improve the car much. Based on the testing we've done, we really expected to be further up the front of the pack. We'll just go back now and look at the set up and work from there for tomorrow.

Roberto Moreno - Driver, Car 4

We went out for the ten minute practice session and everything seemed fine. When I went out of the pits for qualifying, I did my "out" lap but by the time I came around to the pits the next time I had to come in. It was just slipping badly; the engine doesn't drive the wheels - so something must be broken. It's a shame because although we didn't start with a very good car today, we made huge progress in the first session. We stayed on old tires so that we could work on developing the car without using up tires. We'll just have to make it count tomorrow.

Dominguez Responds

CART Champ Car Stewards today announced that they have placed Mario Dominguez and Tiago Monteiro on probation in response to incidents at last weekend's Molson Indy Vancouver involving lead-lap drivers. According to the CART press release, "The probations for Monteiro and Dominguez will go into effect only in the event that they become lapped cars during an event and their conduct concerning lead-lap competitors will be monitored carefully by CART Champ Car Stewards. The pair will need to be aware of lead-lap cars and make every effort possible not to interfere with those cars on the lead lap." The length of the probation has yet to be determined.

"I feel bad about the incident with Patrick (Carpentier) last weekend. The last thing I wanted to do was take him out when he was in second place in the race. At the time, I was on hot tires and he was on cold tires. With the new blocking rule, I wasn't expecting him to block me - but he did two or three times as we came down the straight. "When I went to pass him in the corner, he turned in to me and we crashed. So, I don't think the crash was my fault. But I agree with CART; cars that are a lap down shouldn't be racing hard with cars on the lead lap. That's why I feel so bad about what happened. I understand that CART has to do something about these sorts of incidents. Because of the accident, I accept the probation without a problem. Hopefully for the rest of the season we won't be in a position again where we are a lap down and it won't even be an issue."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Roberto Moreno , Mario Dominguez , Tiago Monteiro