CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise: Ford Racing race report

Mario Dominguez wins his first career Champ Car race. Notes: DOMINGUEZ CLAIMS VICTORY IN RAIN-SHORTENED RACE - Rookie Mario Dominguez capped a wild day by capturing his first career Champ Car victory in the rain-shortened Honda Indy 300 in ...

Mario Dominguez wins his first career Champ Car race.

Notes:

DOMINGUEZ CLAIMS VICTORY IN RAIN-SHORTENED RACE - Rookie Mario Dominguez capped a wild day by capturing his first career Champ Car victory in the rain-shortened Honda Indy 300 in Surfer's Paradise, Australia. Torrential rain storms and wet track conditions plagued the event all day long and contributed to an opening-lap multi-car pileup that claimed eight cars and sent Adrian Fernandez and Tora Takagi to the hospital for precautionary exams. Patrick Carpentier finished second to give Ford a sweep of the top two positions, while Paul Tracy finished third. The race, which was initially scheduled for 70 laps, was shortened to 50 laps following a 90-plus minute delay to clear the front straightaway of debris from the horrific accident that occurred as the cars took the initial green flag.

Driver Notes:

MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford) - Finished 1st - Claimed the first Champ Car victory of his career and the first in the history of Herdez Competition ... clinched the Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year award with the win ... heads to Fontana having scored championship points in back-to-back races for the first time this season ... the first rookie to win a CART race since Bruno Junquiera won at Road America in 2000.

PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford) - Finished 2nd - Runner-up finish is his best result since winning at Mid-Ohio in early August ... has now amassed 11 top-10 and eight top-five finishes this season, highlighted by wins in Cleveland and Mid-Ohio and a third-place finish in England.

ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Player's/Indeck Ford) - Finished 6th - Sixth-place finish gives him back-to-back top-10 results in Australia (third in 2001) ... has now scored championship points in 12 of the last 13 races, highlighted by a second-place finish at Road America and a fifth-place finish in Toronto.

MICHEL JOURDAIN, JR. (#9 Gigante Ford) - Finished 10th - Tenth-place result gives him 14 top-10 finishes on the season and extends his streak of points-paying finishes to 17 races ... has finished 10th or better in five of the last six events.

JIMMY VASSER (#8 Shell Ford) -Finished 12th - After a slow start to the season he's now scored championship points in nine of the last 10 races, including seven consecutive races dating back to Mid-Ohio.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Adrian Fernandez , Patrick Carpentier , Paul Tracy , Tora Takagi , Mario Dominguez