Despite Damage, Dominguez Takes the Checkered Flag at Texas

08.06.2008: Despite Damage, Dominguez Takes the Checkered Flag at Texas

Bombardier Learjet 550k

Saturday, June 7, 2008

MARIO DOMINGUEZ, #96 PCM/Honda/Dallara/Fireston

Started 24th 1:39.743 (4 lap avg) 210.0591

Race 21st 222

Mario on Qualifying: "The Visit Mexico City car took the checkered flag and that was certainly our goal today. I was flat and the car was not as fast as I would have liked and the handling was not as good as I would have liked, but I am proud of the team’s effort. We made an improvement in qualifying this weekend and we finished our first IndyCar race, now our goal is to keep improving."

Tyler Tadevic, Team Owner: "We now have our first IndyCar race in the books and Mario did a great job. He had a great start and a strong first stint, he picked up three positions. Unfortunately, he spun but his skill kept it off the wall and kept the car running. He brought it to the pits for a fresh set of Firestone tires and rejoined the race on the same lap.

He developed a handling problem after the spin, which after taking a look at the car, we found that he actually did brush the wall and it bent the rear wing just a little bit and also damaged the right rear shock. Unfortunately that damage created a push. We didn’t realize that the car was damaged, so we didn’t know that was what was causing the push. We thought it was a handling issue, so we added front wing which actually slowed Mario’s pace despite him being full throttle.

He did a great job all night out there. The crew made great pitstops. They battled a sticky valve on the fuel rig which slowed down one stop, but they were able to remedy it. All in all, we didn’t finish where we wanted to, but we finished and we are headed back to California with everything where it is supposed to be!"

Mario’s Mexico City Travel Tip: "Coyoacán is an artsy area in the SouthWest area of Mexio City. This is near the University. Of course you will find great coffe houses and restaurants, but also a lot of artisits. This is where Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera lived. There are museums for both of these famous artists there. All the streets are cobblestone and they have a lot of character."

- Katie Brannan-

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