Dominguez Runs as High as Third in Sonoma, Takes the Checker in 16th

25.08.2008: Dominguez Runs as High as Third in Sonoma, Takes the Checker in 16th

Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil Grand Prix of Sonoma

MARIO DOMINGUEZ, #96 Moorefield Construction/PCM/Honda/Dallara/Firestone

Practice 3 11th 1:18.3235 105.853

Race 16th

Mario on the race: "We had a good car and good pace today. I think our strategy was good too, so I’ve got to hand it to the guys, they set-us up for a good run in the Moorefield Construction car. Unfortunately, we had two pitstops that were slower than usual and that put us back a bit. At the end of the race, I was fighting for position with (Mario) Moraes and (Justin) Wilson.

Moraes made a mistake and Justin and I were right on his tale and I hit Justin and spun. It was unfortunate because it sent us from 12th to 17th. At the end, I was happy to pass (Ryan) Hunter-Reay for 16th.

He blocked me and when I got by him, we actually touched just a bit and I got a puncture in my tire, so I was lucky to make it across the line in that position. Our result is not an indication of our speed or our effort, so that is disappointing, but I am so proud of Tyler and this crew for hanging in there in what has been a tough season.

They are some of the hardest-working and most professionals I have ever worked with."

Tyler Tadevic, Team Owner: "I want to thank Moorefield Construction for their support this weekend. I wish we could have had a better finish because the car was fast, the strategy was good, and Mario was quick. Unfortunately we were not able to execute our pitstops as quickly as we usually do, we had to change our pit positions due to a couple of injuries and that hurt us today.

The guys have done an incredible job all season. Ultimately, we proved we can put a fast car on the race track. I have to thank my entire team for sticking it out with me. They are the ultimate example of teamwork and I am really proud of them.

Barring any unforeseen support, it looks like this will be our last event this season. Thanks to the series for their support and we are turning our focus to come back strong in 2009."

 

- Katie Brannan, PCM-

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25.08.2008 / MaP

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