(South Haven, MI) - PacWest Lights drivers Dan Wheldon and Mario Dominguez continued their mid-season testing schedule Tuesday, with a one-day test at the GingerMan Raceway in South Haven, Michigan. PacWest and Conquest Racing were the only Lights...
(South Haven, MI) - PacWest Lights drivers Dan Wheldon and Mario Dominguez continued their mid-season testing schedule Tuesday, with a one-day test at the GingerMan Raceway in South Haven, Michigan. PacWest and Conquest Racing were the only Lights teams testing on the 1.88-mile road course in preparation for round 8 of the Dayton Indy Lights Championships this weekend at Mid-Ohio.
Wheldon, who is currently sixth in championship points with 67, completed approximately 200 miles in his #1 Gemstar PacWest Lights machine while posting an overall quick time of 1:10.89 seconds. Wheldon is now third in the Rookie of the Year battle, just one point behind Kristian Kolby, and eighteen points behind Damien Faulkner.
Mario Dominguez, driver of the #17 del Valle Corona Televisa PacWest Lights entry, endured a minor problem early in the day, but went on to run approximately 150 testing miles. His quick time for the day registered a 1:11.80 second lap. Dominguez is currently fourth in the championship with 71 points, and is coming into Mid-Ohio after capturing his second pole position of the year in Toronto.
Five races remain on the 2001 Dayton Indy Lights schedule.
DAN WHELDON: #1 GEMSTAR PACWEST LIGHTS: 1:10.89s
"We had the Mid-Ohio race in mind all day, and really had a great test," said Wheldon. "Everything we worked on centered around this weekends race and we made some changes to the car that we think we'll need in Ohio. It's good to get back in the seat after a 3-week layoff, but because I've kept in great shape I didn't feel rusty at all. My car handled well all day and we were much quicker than everyone else out here - so I'm pleased with today's results. I've actually been the quickest in testing over the last few months; I just need to carry those results over to the remaining races so I can get back to winning."
MARIO DOMINGUEZ: #17 DEL VALLE CORONA TELEVISA PACWEST LIGHTS: 1:11.80s
"My test was OK, but not the best one I've had this year," said Dominguez. "I wasn't very fast for most of the day, but we still accomplished several things to give me a good baseline set-up for Mid-Ohio. At the end of the day we got my car balanced nicely, which is what mattered to me the most. I felt pretty good towards the end of the test, and we learned some good things to use this weekend. We were still faster than the other two drivers, so I guess things could have been worse. I know we're ready to run this weekend, and I'm looking forward to getting back in the car and racing hard in Ohio."