Today's final qualifying session presented some unique challenges to Herdez Competition drivers Mario Dominguez and Roberto Moreno. First, the weather changed dramatically during the day, going from typically bright Florida sunshine during morning...
Today's final qualifying session presented some unique challenges to Herdez Competition drivers Mario Dominguez and Roberto Moreno. First, the weather changed dramatically during the day, going from typically bright Florida sunshine during morning practice to cloudy and very windy during qualifying to torrential rains in the late afternoon. The drivers faced the additional challenge of fitting in their maximum of fifteen timed qualifying laps in between five red-flag stoppages. Rookie Sebastien Bourdais stunned the crowd by taking pole position - the first time a rookie has earned pole in his debut Champ Car event since Nigel Mansell achieved the feat in 1993.
Mario Dominguez - Driver, Car 55
Grid Position: 10th
"It's just bad luck really - there was just red after red out there. And when I did get a couple of laps in a row, I'd run into traffic. It's too bad because the car was really good. I just couldn't get a clear lap to post a time."
Roberto Moreno - Driver, Car 4
Grid Position: 15th
"After so many hiccups to this point, I'm glad we've gotten the race car going well. I wasn't able to put a better lap time on the board during qualifying because of the red flags but we have a good race car for tomorrow. The team is working really well together and we're getting better every time we go out."
Sunday's inaugural Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, round one of the 2003 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season, will be broadcast live in the US on cable network SPEED, beginning with a pre-game show at 12:30pm ET and followed by race coverage beginning at 1:00 pm. The race will also air live on Fox Sports en Espa