IRL: Texas II: Herdez Competition Saturday report

Mario Dominguez - Driver, Car 55 "We changed gears between the sessions but we didn't get it quite right. It seems like few of the Lola teams managed to improve today. We were one of the few that did but obviously it wasn't enough to...

Mario Dominguez - Driver, Car 55

"We changed gears between the sessions but we didn't get it quite right. It seems like few of the Lola teams managed to improve today. We were one of the few that did but obviously it wasn't enough to improve our grid position. We are starting 11th, which is not where we wanted, but the team is very good in the pits and I'm sure we'll be able to make up ground there as well as on track."

Roberto Gonzalez - Driver, Car 4

"We are making progress. The car is better - more stable at the front end which feels better for me. We are still getting a lot of movement at the back end of the car and we need to find more straight line speed. The track here changes a lot from morning to afternoon and during the course of a race. I've never done a race this long here before; I think 40 laps is my longest prior to this. It will probably get a lot warmer during the race itself and as it does, the engine loses power and the aero becomes less effective because of the altitude. This could problems for a lot of cars and drivers. Hopefully we can take advantage of that to move up."

Fast Facts:

Sunday's Gran Premio de Mexico will be Dominguez's 36th Champ Car start. Dominguez has one Champ Car start in Mexico City; in 2002 he started 9th and finished 18th after a mechanical failure.

Roberto Gonzalez makes his second Champ Car start of the 2003 season and his first start at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

With his victory in Miami two weeks ago, Dominguez moved into sole possession of seventh place in the Drivers Championship with 101 points. He trails sixth place Oriol Servia by only seven points.

Dominguez stands third in overall laps completed so far this season with 1724 of a possible 1805 (95.5%).

The Gran Premio de Mexico will be a new high-water mark for participation of Mexican drivers in the series with two rookies, Roberto Gonzalez and Luis Diaz, bringing the total number to six. Mexico currently stands in second place in the Nation's Cup with 236 points, just 30 points behind Canada.

-HC-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Oriol Servia , Mario Dominguez , Roberto Gonzalez