The 38-lap event started under wet and slippery conditions with all cars running specially designed rain tires. Entering turn one after the green flag flew there was contact between Wheldon, Dominguez and points leader Townsend Bell. Dominguez...
The 38-lap event started under wet and slippery conditions with all cars running specially designed rain tires. Entering turn one after the green flag flew there was contact between Wheldon, Dominguez and points leader Townsend Bell. Dominguez sustained damage to the front right corner of his car, and his race was over. Wheldon's damage was just as severe, however he was able to drive back to the pits for repairs to his left rear wishbone and pushrod, which were bent in contact. Wheldon fell eight-laps down while under repair. When he re-entered the race, he drove another couple of laps before loosing power, and ultimately ending his race.
DAN WHELDON - # 1 GEMSTAR PACWEST LIGHTS #Finishing Position: 10th
"It's been such a wasted weekend because the car's been really fast," said Wheldon. "To be honest I knew there were going to be problems going into turn one. I didn't get the greatest of starts - I had a little too much wheel spin. Faulkner managed to come along side me and behind Townsend and they braked a little late, so I just waited and eventually got hit from behind ending my day early. It's really a shame because my PacWest crew has worked so hard all weekend giving me a fast car."
MARIO DOMINGUEZ - # 17 DEL VALLE CORONA TELEVISA PACWEST LIGHTS
Finishing Position: 11th
"I think we put too much brake bias to the rear of my car," said Dominguez. "As I entered the first turn I locked up my tires and started going sideways. Then Danny came down towards the inside line and, because I was in a slide, I couldn't avoid him. I had no control. My right front tire and corner hit the left rear of Dan's car and sent him into a spin as well. It was just a bad deal. I don't have any real rain experience so when I started sliding I became a passenger and that was it. I feel terrible for my team right now."