CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise: Herdez Competition Friday report

Mario Dominguez - Driver, Car 55 I didn't get a lot of laps in today because I brushed the wall during the morning but we seem to have made good progress with the car overall. We're obviously not happy with 10th but I don't think we're that...

Mario Dominguez - Driver, Car 55

I didn't get a lot of laps in today because I brushed the wall during the morning but we seem to have made good progress with the car overall. We're obviously not happy with 10th but I don't think we're that far off. We'll sit down with the engineers tonight and figure out what we need to do - I think a few tweaks here and there could make a big difference for tomorrow.

Roberto Moreno - Driver, Car 4

We had two pretty good runs in qualifying. On the first, we really made the most of the tires and the car and were fifth at the end of that stint. For the second run we made some changes which gave us better balance but we lost some overall grip and ended up slower. But we've made a huge improvement from this morning to qualifying. A lot of that is me getting used to the new chicane style; when I was here the last time you couldn't cut the chicanes at all - now you have to go for it through each one. We need to learn from what we did today, do a little fine-tuning, and try to find the sweet spot for tomorrow.

Fast Facts:

Dominguez has one Champ Car start in Surfers Paradise; in 2002 he started 18th and scored his first Champ Car victory on the rain soaked streets.

Roberto Moreno has three previous starts at Surfers; his best start was on pole at his last visit "down under" in 2001. His best finish was 12th in 1996.

With his third place finish in Mexico City two weeks ago, Dominguez moved past Oriol Servia into sixth place in the Drivers Championship with 115 points.

Dominguez stands third in overall laps completed so far this season with 1794 of a possible 1875 (95.7%).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Roberto Moreno , Oriol Servia , Mario Dominguez