DOORNBOS SECOND IN Q2, DOMINGUEZ TWELFTH AT ZOLDER Zolder, Belgium (August 25, 2007) -- Minardi Team USA rebounded from a disastrous Friday at the Champ Car Belgian Grand Prix in some style today, as Robert Doornbos turned the second quickest...
DOORNBOS SECOND IN Q2, DOMINGUEZ TWELFTH AT ZOLDER
Zolder, Belgium (August 25, 2007) -- Minardi Team USA rebounded from a disastrous Friday at the Champ Car Belgian Grand Prix in some style today, as Robert Doornbos turned the second quickest time of the session. He will start third for the race tomorrow, sharing the top positions with his two nearest Championship rivals Sebastien Bourdais and Will Power. Mario Dominguez, filling in for Dan Clarke this weekend, is getting up to speed after missing all of yesterday's sessions, and he will start twelfth tomorrow.
Robert has been quick since arriving at Zolder yesterday, however an engine failure yesterday prevented him from turning a single lap in Friday's qualification. He bounced back decisively today with his second place performance and he feels quite confident for tomorrow's race. The Dutchman will be racing in front of many of his fans, friends and family who have made the journey from Holland to watch him race.
"I have to say, well done to the promoter Meindert Van Buuren, who has done a fantastic job with this race event. It is a great circuit, it's lots of fun to drive, and fortunately we got a few good laps in today's session. I worked with all of the engineering staff last night to fine tune the set-up for today. Today's qualification was more important to us than a number of the other guys, and we needed to get it right. Fortunately, we were quick and I'll hopefully have a better result than the last time I started third on the grid (Road America). I want to thank all of my supporters and fans who have turned out today, and we'll do our best to give them a good show tomorrow."
Mario Dominguez was playing catch-up today, acclimatizing to the Zolder circuit for the first time behind the wheel of a DP01. He has been steadily improving each time he is on track, but will have to make his way through the field from twelfth place on the grid.
"I'm very happy to have the opportunity to drive for Minardi Team USA. I'm new to the team but there are a lot of old faces, so it's a bit like coming back home. I've suffered a little bit from not running yesterday, but the more laps I do, the better I get. I think I have a strong racecar to get to the front tomorrow and I will do my best to get the result that the team deserves. It's been a busy weekend driving the two-seater and the Champ Car, but I'm enjoying it to the max."
Paul Stoddart, Team Co-owner
"It was an excellent effort by the team today to recover from yesterday's difficulties. Robert returned to his true form posting the second fastest time, which puts him third on the grid for tomorrow's race. Mario did a tremendous job to acclimatize both to the car and to a team he has not worked with for several years. We look forward to an exciting race tomorrow and well done to the whole team for repairing and preparing the cars to allow the drivers to achieve today's result."
Keith Wiggins, Team Co-owner
"We recovered well from yesterday. Second quickest for Robert is satisfactory, third overall is not quite as good, but we can still look forward to a good race tomorrow. Mario I'm sure will continue to get up to speed, and I expect him to have a good race as well."