Typically beautiful Florida weather returned to St. Petersburg today to greet the competitors in the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. Herdez Competition scored their first points of the season with ...
Typically beautiful Florida weather returned to St. Petersburg today to greet the competitors in the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. Herdez Competition scored their first points of the season with returning veteran Roberto Moreno finishing in 5th place. Moreno celebrated by climbing the pitlane fence and walking up the entire height of the grandstand, shaking hands and taking pictures with fans. Mario Dominguez had worked his way from his starting position of 9th all the way up into the top five before contact with Adrian Fernandez resulted in left front suspension damage that ended his day.
Mario Dominguez - Driver, Car 55
"I went to go underneath Adrian (Fernandez) and I guess he didn't see me. When I hit him I damaged the left front suspension of my car and that was it. It's unfortunate because I had a good car all weekend and we were running really well. We made a small change on the second pit stop that didn't work out but when we changed it back the car was great again."
Roberto Moreno - Driver, Car 4
"It's so great to be back! And it felt great to post a top five finish today. We did a lot of development work this weekend but it's difficult to do in the practice sessions. We didn't find the best setup for qualifying but I knew we had a good car for the race. During the first stint, it was not so easy out there - it would have been very easy to get involved in something in the blink of an eye so I was just trying to stay away from the confusion! On the second stint, we made some small changes to the car and the car was great. We had a great third stop too.
"Toward the end, I could see Jimmy (Vasser) was having some problems so I knew I could catch him - but passing him is another thing entirely! But he let me go - that's the great thing about racing with a guy like him because we know when to fight and when to let it go.
"It's been difficult to spend a year at home. When racing is in your blood, you miss it so much when you are away. I know I'm not quite at my best yet but I will be by Monterrey. I'm very thankful to the Herdez Competition team for giving me this opportunity."
Round two of the 2003 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season will take place on March 23rd in Monterrey, Mexico.