CHAMPCAR/CART: Vancouver: Herdez Competition report

In an event marred by six yellow-flag caution periods and a 16-plus minute "red flag" race stoppage to clear debris from a late race incident, Mario Dominguez and the Herdez Competition team persevered through an early-race mechanical difficulty...

In an event marred by six yellow-flag caution periods and a 16-plus minute "red flag" race stoppage to clear debris from a late race incident, Mario Dominguez and the Herdez Competition team persevered through an early-race mechanical difficulty to finish in tenth place. While the team was disappointed to not finish in a higher position, this equals Dominguez's best finish of the season (Portland).

Mario Dominguez - Driver

"It's very unfortunate that we had the mechanical problem early in the race. We were running really well, had improved our track position, and had a race strategy that looked like it was working really well. It was a good call by the team to take the time to fix the problem and get back out in the fight because as it turned out, we were able to pick up some points. I've set myself a goal of earning 50 points in the final ten races of the seasonâ^À¦ today's result is a start toward that goal."

On the incident on lap 92 involving the 4, 33, and 51 cars which caused the race stoppage:

"I really couldn't see anything except a lot of cars going everywhere. I braked really, really hard and just picked my way through. I flat-spotted the tires so when the race went green again, we came in to change them. Other than that, our car appeared undamaged."

What's Next
The Champ Cars will take a one week break before heading into the most grueling portion of the 2002 schedule - four races in four weeks beginning at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course in central Ohio, August 9-11.

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