CHAMPCAR/CART: Vancouver: Herdez Competition preview

Mario Dominguez - Driver, Car 55 "Vancouver is a great place for a race - the city is beautiful, the fans are enthusiastic, and the atmosphere of the entire weekend is just fantastic. Last year we had been running well in the...

Mario Dominguez - Driver, Car 55

"Vancouver is a great place for a race - the city is beautiful, the fans are enthusiastic, and the atmosphere of the entire weekend is just fantastic. Last year we had been running well in the race but had a mechanical problem with the car that set us back. But we've come a long way since then as a team and with the testing we've done and the advances we've made on developing the car I think we should be more competitive this year. We still don't have the best car on the bumpy street circuits so we'll have to work hard for a good result and hopefully improve our standing in the championship."

Roberto Moreno - Driver, Car 4

"Vancouver is someplace where I have experienced the best and the worst, really! In 2000 I finished last in the race but then in 2001, even after having an engine problem in qualifying and gridding 8th, I won the race! That was a difficult race; the race didn't really take shape until after the last pit stop and then it was between me and Mauricio Gugelmin and Gil de Ferran. I had to fight hard to win that one - I think I passed Gil three times for the lead before I finally won! Vancouver is also a place where the memory of Greg Moore is very strong for me. Greg brought so much to racing and still had so much more to give. He was very much in my mind during the last part of the race in 2001 and I dedicated that win to his memory. As for the track itself, I guess you could say it is quite technical because it is very bumpy and to be quick there you must be able to ride the bumps without losing speed. For me it seems that the more difficult the track the better I do so I'm looking forward to this race. As always, the fans in Vancouver are very enthusiastic and educated about their racing and it's a great city so it really has everything going for it."

Fast Facts:

1. Moreno has five previous starts at Vancouver including a victory at his last attempt (2001).

2. Dominguez has one Champ Car start at Vancouver (2002; start 17th, finish 10th), and two additional starts while in the now-defunct Dayton Indy Lights series (1998; start 19th, finish 14th and 2001; start 6th, finish 5th).

3. At least one Herdez Competition driver has placed in the top ten in each of the first ten events (including five top-fives), setting a new team mark.

Where They'll Be:

Thursday, July 24th:

Moreno will take part in the CART Champ Car official press conference to be held in the turn one run-off area on track beginning at 11:00am local time.

Moreno will also take part in the festivities at the Molson Indy Gala at the Gotham Steakhouse and Bar beginning at 7:00 pm. (Black tie; by invitation only)

Friday, July 25th

Both Dominguez and Moreno will be signing autographs at the Champ Car "Fan Appreciation Activity" from 5:15 - 6:15 pm local time in the Champ Car Paddock.

Saturday, July 26th

Both Dominguez and Moreno will act as judges in the finals of the Miss Indy contest, taking place in the Plaza of Nations, beginning at 5:00 pm local time.

Sunday, July 27th

Moreno will be visiting the Bridgestone pit row suite at approximately 11:00am local time to visit with guests of the series' presenting sponsor.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Roberto Moreno , Mauricio Gugelmin , Mario Dominguez , Greg Moore