Mexican driver Mario DomÃnguez and the whole Dayton Indy Lights series couldn't qualify today at the Gateway International Speedway oval in Madison, Illinois, due to the rain. The skies opened up briefly, allowing a small practice sesssion during...
Mexican driver Mario Domínguez and the whole Dayton Indy Lights series couldn't qualify today at the Gateway International Speedway oval in Madison, Illinois, due to the rain. The skies opened up briefly, allowing a small practice sesssion during which Mario ran third fastest in the few laps he could complete. The organizers determined the grid for tomorrow's race will be based in the series' standings which means
Mario will start on the outside of the second row. After practice, Mario -who already has a pole position in a short oval (Kansas) this year- explained: "The car was real good. I was fast, just behind Townsend (Bell) and (Dan) Wheldon, but there are lots of changes we need to make in order to improve. There wasn't enough time today but we got them identified and we'll test them tomorrow during the warm-up. I'll start fourth behind Bell, Damien (Faulkner) and Wheldon and it was their luck today because in oval tracks, as I showed in Kansas, I ran real well and I wanted to start first in order to control the race from the lead. Now we have to hunt them down and run an intelligent race to pass them, but the important thing is that we get more points to improve our standing in the championship. The Gateway oval is fast and so is the car. I am in the same row as my teammate (Wheldon) but he is just another driver. There are certain things one doesn't try with your teammate, but besides that he's just another driver, we have no team strategy, but the same goes for the Dorricott guys (Bell and Faulkner). I have to beat them all. I like ovals and tomorrow I'll run an aggressive but intelligent race to try to win".
Mario, the best mexican driver in the series, sits in the cockpit of car #17 Del Valle-Corona-Akron-Televisa, entered by the PacWest Lights team, current Indy Lights champions. The mexican driver is fifth in the 2001 standings, just 4 points away from third, and he'll try sunday for his first season win, to go with two poles and two podiums this season. Mario has also scored points in 20 of the last 21 races he entered in the Indy Lights series.