CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise: Herdez Competition Friday report

AM Practice Time: 1 minute, 37.364 secs Speed: 103.344 mph Position:  18th PM Practice Time: no time (due to incident in the early stages of this ten minute session) Qualifying* Time:   1 minute, 35.161 secs Speed: 105.737 mph Position: ...

AM Practice Time: 1 minute, 37.364 secs
Speed: 103.344 mph
Position:  18th
PM Practice Time: no time (due to incident in the early stages of this ten minute session)
Qualifying* Time:   1 minute, 35.161 secs
Speed: 105.737 mph
Position:  16th
* note: this is a provisional qualifying position. Grid positions will be finalized in Saturday's qualifying session.

Mario Domínguez - Driver

(On his practice incident)
"Going into turn one, I just lost it under braking. I tried to turn right but unfortunately, I hit exactly perpendicular to the tire wall and did quite a bit of damage to the car. Luckily it was the practice session before qualifying so we were able to get the back up car out in time for qualifying."

(On qualifying)
"This is a very challenging track and I'm definitely still learning how to go fast here. We still have a lot to do but we made a couple of changes to the car during qualifying and they were definitely in the right direction."

Fast Facts

* The Indy 300 marks Domínguez's 17th start in the CART FedEx Championship Series.

* Domínguez currently stands 20th of 21 drivers in the series Championship with 17 points. 

What's Next
Final practice for the Indy 300 will commence on Saturday morning at 9:45am followed by final qualifying at 1:50pm. Local time in Queensland is 14 hours ahead of Eastern Time in the US.

Event Coverage
CART Friday Night will air on cable network SPEED Channel on Friday night in the US at 11:00 pm ET. Included in tonight's show will be the "Miss Indy Beach Party", filmed Wednesday on the beach at Surfers Paradise, where Domínguez joined other Champ Car drivers in a volleyball game against the Miss Indy finalists.

Television coverage of Saturday's final qualifying session will air live on SPEED Channel from 11:30pm ET on Friday night. Live timing and scoring will be available online at www.cart.com.

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Series IndyCar
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