CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise: Herdez Competition Saturday report

All HVM Third Row on Surfers Starting Grid Herdez Competition drivers Mario Dominguez and Ryan Hunter-Reay will start fifth and sixth respectively in tomorrow's Lexmark Indy 300. Considering Herdez Competition is the only team in the...

All HVM Third Row on Surfers Starting Grid

Herdez Competition drivers Mario Dominguez and Ryan Hunter-Reay will start fifth and sixth respectively in tomorrow's Lexmark Indy 300. Considering Herdez Competition is the only team in the paddock with two former Indy race winners, perhaps the team has an advantage for a repeat victory tomorrow. If it happens, it will be the first time a driver has won this race twice.

Starting from the third row, it is sure to be a battle for Dominguez and Hunter-Reay as soon as the green flag falls on the notoriously challenging two-mile street circuit. If the race is anything like qualifying, fans will have an action packed afternoon, complete with passing, crashing and celebration.

MarioDominguez, #55 Herdez/Lola/ Ford-Cosworth

Mario on final qualifying:"I am pretty happy with my car. I had a good lap going but unfortunately I made a mistake. The red flags didn't help the situation, but that is the same for everybody. I have a very good race car and I think we have a good shot at a podium tomorrow, so I will get a lot of rest tonight and prepare myself for what is likely to be a very hot, challenging race tomorrow."

Ryan Hunter-Reay, #4 Herdez/Lola/Ford-Cosworth

Ryan on final qualifying:"We had a great car today. The team did an excellent job making changes to the car between practice and qualifying. Both of our sessions were red-flagged as soon as our tires were up to temperature, so unfortunately we never had a true run. I told my guys we couldn't get a break if we bought it. The good news is I have the best car I have had all weekend."

Tom Brown, Technical Director:"It's been great fun for the engineers, because every time we go out on track it's a different configuration. We've got to keep modifying the set-up to suit the changes."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mario Dominguez , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Tom Brown