FORSYTHE TEAMMATES PAUL TRACY AND MARIO DOMINGUEZ SUFFER THROUGH FRUSTRATING DAY IN TORONTO TORONTO, Ontario -- July 10, 2005 -- Forsythe Championship Racing teammates Paul Tracy ( ...
FORSYTHE TEAMMATES PAUL TRACY AND MARIO DOMINGUEZ SUFFER THROUGH FRUSTRATING DAY IN TORONTO
TORONTO, Ontario -- July 10, 2005 -- Forsythe Championship Racing teammates Paul Tracy (#3 Mountain Grand Lodge/Avalanche Bay Lola/Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone) and Mario Dominguez (#7 INDECK Lola/Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone) both ended the Molson Indy Toronto on foot as Tracy ran out of fuel while leading and Dominguez came around a blind corner and ran into the already-crashed car of A.J. Allmendinger. It marked one of the few times in the history of Forsythe Championship Racing that both cars failed to finish.
Tracy, starting from second spot alongside Championship rival Sebastien Bourdais, ran close to Bourdais throughout the first stint of the race and the two leaders pitted together. The team decided to partially fill Tracy's fuel tank to shorten the stop and try to move ahead of Bourdais, but the two cars came together as they exited pit lane side by side, breaking Tracy's left front wing and flattening Bourdais' right rear tire. Bourdais fell down the field as he pitted for a new tire but Tracy was able to continue in the lead and managed to adjust his driving to accommodate the reduced front downforce. Surprisingly, Tracy ran his fastest laps of the race with half a front wing.
"That was a tough day" said a dejected Tracy as he walked back to the paddock to the cheers of his hometown Toronto crowd. "The car was good and we decided to short-fill on the first stop to see if we could get by Sebastien. The plan looked like it was going to work but Sebastien came past me after we crossed the pit exit line and chopped across my nose, breaking my left front wing off and giving himself a flat."
"I was pretty worried" continued Tracy, "but the handling was manageable and I was able to post some good times without burning up the front tires. It was pretty amazing how well the Bridgestone tires held up while getting that much abuse. We decided that it wasn't going to be worthwhile to take the time to change the nose so we were just going to pit for fuel and tires on the final stop and see if we could hold them off. Unfortunately I ran out of fuel just as I was about to pit. A yellow flag came out and the pits closed just as I was coming in, so I stayed on track hoping I could nurse it around one more lap but it died about two seconds after I made my choice. Just a bad day for the team."
Tracy's teammate Mario Dominguez had an even worse day as a flat tire on the first lap and a big crash near the end of the race punctuated an off day for Team Forsythe.
"Things got off to a bad start when I got a flat tire right at the green flag" commented Dominguez. "I had to pit and fell to the back of the pack so we were just working hard to get up into the points. I passed a lot of cars and was up to 7th place with not many laps to go when A.J. Allmendinger crashed around a blind corner and when I came around there was no place to go. I hit him pretty hard. I looked in my mirror and could see he was ok so that was a big relief, but with Paul going out also it was really a tough day for the Forsythe team."
The Forsythe Team now resets its sights on the next event, the inaugural event on a new airport circuit in Edmonton, Alberta, July 15-17.