CHAMPCAR/CART: Vancouver: Herdez Competition race report

Vancouver turned on the sunshine and the fans came out in droves to watch Canadian Paul Tracy win the Molson Indy Vancouver from the pole, retaining the championship lead over second place finisher Bruno Junquiera. Typically, the bumpy Vancouver...

Vancouver turned on the sunshine and the fans came out in droves to watch Canadian Paul Tracy win the Molson Indy Vancouver from the pole, retaining the championship lead over second place finisher Bruno Junquiera. Typically, the bumpy Vancouver street circuit took its toll on the field with only ten cars running at the end of 100 laps - and only four of those on the lead lap. The Lolas of Geoff Boss and Gualter Salles didn't even make it to the start; both making contact with the concrete barriers which surround the track causing the race to start under the yellow flag. On the first green lap, fifth-place starter rookie Sebastien Bourdais dove under Herdez Competition's Roberto Moreno at the end of the front straight. Sebastien tapped Roberto, sending him into the wall and out of the race. Meanwhile, Dominguez encountered Tiago Monteiro on the back side of the track and both of them ended up stationary. Before the CART Simple Green Safety Team could get Mario bump-started, Bourdais ran into the back of him. Bourdais' car remained running and he was able to reverse out of the tangle and rejoin the fray, ultimately taking the final spot on the podium in third place. By the time he got going again, Dominguez was three laps down on the field and had to pit for a new nose. He fought back valiantly though, passing a number of cars on the way to his tenth place finish. The Champ Cars return to action next Friday at the historic Road America road course in Wisconsin.

Mario Dominguez - Driver, Car 55

"Even though we brought home some points, it's unfortunate because we had a car for a least a top five finish. But we got a bad break coming together with Monteiro on the first lap and from there on, we were behind the game. I wasn't really worried about starting in 12th - it's a unique characteristic of this track I think; it doesn't seem to matter how the car is handling because once the track gets rubbered in, the car starts working great. My car was really awesome today. I probably passed more people today than in the whole season so far! I know we had good lap times too. So I'm happy that we got some points and finished the race even though I know we could have done more."

Roberto Moreno - Driver, Car 4

"The Herdez Competition team gave me a car that definitely could have won the race today. We all know how hard it is to start this race cleanly so I was being very careful, making sure I stayed out of trouble. And then someone who has never been here before and doesn't realize, tries the impossible and hits me. There's nothing you can do then - the day is over. I was so pleased to be able to come back here to race in Vancouver though. Herdez Competition has given me a great opportunity. I'm still young in my heart and I have a lot more racing left in me. Right now, I'm just glad we have another race next weekend in Elkhart Lake so I can get out my frustrations!"

Fast Facts:

1. Moreno's third place qualifying position sets a new season-best mark for 2003. It is also the best qualifying position for the team since Nazareth in 2001 when Michel Jourdain, Jr. qualified third.

2. Dominguez set the fifth fastest lap of the race with a time of 1 minute, 2.656 seconds.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Roberto Moreno , Paul Tracy , Mario Dominguez , Tiago Monteiro , Sébastien Bourdais , Geoff Boss , Michel Jourdain