Dominguez conquers the top five despite gearbox failure, Hunter-Reay to start seventh Just four laps into his qualifying run, Mario Dominguez topped the charts with a 58.899 second lap. His fifth lap was even faster but suddenly his gearbox ...
Dominguez conquers the top five despite gearbox failure, Hunter-Reay to start seventh
Just four laps into his qualifying run, Mario Dominguez topped the charts with a 58.899 second lap. His fifth lap was even faster but suddenly his gearbox seized, ending his session prematurely. He held the pole position the first half of the session and remained in the top-three until the checker flag fell and Junqueira claimed the third position. Dominguez will start the 2004 Molson Indy from the second row in fourth position, his best Champ Car qualifying result in the Toronto Molson Indy.
49,953 fans watched Ryan Hunter-Reay earn another top-ten start today; he will take the green flag from the seventh position. The #4 crew made changes to the car overnight and developed a strong car for Hunter-Reay. Traffic plagued his efforts as Hunter-Reay and his crew worked throughout the session to develop a gap for the young American. No such luck, slower cars destroyed each lap. Hunter-Reay will start from the fourth row, his best starting position in a Champ Car at the Toronto Molson Indy.
Mario Dominguez, #55 Herdez/Lola/ Ford-Cosworth
Mario on the day: "It was a good lap I put in the first stint. The car was much better and it's too bad that the gearbox broke because had I had the chance to put on another set of tires, I think I had more in the car and could have gone faster. I broke down on the fifth lap and I am still starting in the second row, so that's pretty good. This is the first time I have had a mechanical issue for over a year, all of our testing was flawless and we haven't had any issues yet this year, so now it is out of the way and I still have a good result. Tomorrow is when it counts and we have a good strong race car, we'll just have to fine-tune it tonight to get it ready for a good day tomorrow."
Ryan Hunter-Reay, #4 Herdez/Lola/Ford-Cosworth
Ryan on the day: "We had a good first run. We made some changes to the car and it was pretty good today. We made some changes to the cars that helped both Mario and I a lot. Fortunately Mario was able to get a clean lap and set a good time. Unfortunately, I struggled with traffic throughout my entire second run. We tried as hard as we could to get a gap, I was working on the radio with my crew and we just couldn't get one. Everybody in front of my kept backing off to create a gap, that's the way street courses go sometimes, you have to get it done on the first run and we didn't today, but we race really well so we'll work hard tomorrow, start seventh and we'll have a good day."
Keith Wiggins, Co-Owner/Managing Director: "Well, I am obviously disappointed for Mario because you'll never know what could have been. The second stints are not always quicker but the lap that he had the problem in, was even quicker than his best lap, so it's a shame he didn't get the opportunity to show it. We were obviously hoping to have Ryan further up the grid, we have a little work to do with him but I am sure he will be fast in the race."