FORSYTHE CHAMPIONSHIP RACING TEAMMATES PAUL TRACY AND MARIO DOMINGUEZ TO START FROM 1ST AND 3RD ROWS FOR TORONTO RACE AS BRIDGESTONE PRESENTS THE CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES POWERED BY FORD TORONTO, Ontario -- July 9, 2005 - Forsythe Championship...
FORSYTHE CHAMPIONSHIP RACING TEAMMATES PAUL TRACY AND MARIO DOMINGUEZ TO START FROM 1ST AND 3RD ROWS FOR TORONTO RACE AS BRIDGESTONE PRESENTS THE CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES POWERED BY FORD
TORONTO, Ontario -- July 9, 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) will start from the 1st and 3rd rows respectively for Sunday's running of the Molson Indy Toronto, Round 6 of 14 as Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.
Tracy was poised to defend Friday's Provisional Pole on Saturday as he was quicker than any other car at the end of the 35-minute Final Qualifying session, but fate intervened when a slower car held him up on his quickest lap, relegating him to the second starting spot on the outside of the front row. With two corners to go on his 12th timed lap, Paul Tracy was significantly faster than the quick time of Sebastien Bourdais when friend and competitor Cristiano da Matta held him up, apparently inadvertently.
"That was really tough to take" commented Toronto native Tracy. "I was up two tenths (of a second) on Sebastien with two corners to go when Cristiano balked me. I'm really disappointed with him. He looked like he decided to slow down to launch a lap with me right behind him and I had to back out of it. I slowed down to get some room and get ready to try again but then the Red Flag came out (for an accident involving Alex Sperafico) and that was it. But the car is better than yesterday and we'll be strong in the race. We just have to get through the first corner and see how things play out."
Teammate Mario Dominguez had a frustrating day as well as he qualified sixth overall in a car that could have gone faster. "We started getting more understeer this afternoon" stated the Mexico City driver "but I think we had the car dialed in pretty well for the second stint. We were just getting up to speed and were on a quick lap when the Red Flag came out so it's really disappointing. On the plus side, the car seems to be pretty easy on the Bridgestone tires so I think we'll be good on long runs tomorrow. Toronto is a place where anything can happen and usually does, so we'll see if we can't come out with a podium finish."
The Molson Indy Toronto gets underway Sunday at 1pm ET (17:00 UTC) and can be watched LIVE on CBS across the USA and over the Internet anywhere in the world using Race Director, available at the Champ Car website (www.champcarworldseries.com). Pre-race coverage begins at 12:30pm.