Skerlong Second, Muniz Charges for Strong Recovery, Dominguez Loses a Wheel

27.07.2008: Skerlong Second, Muniz Charges for Strong Recovery, Dominguez Loses a Wheel

Rexall Edmonton Indy

Carl Skerlong earned his third podium of the season today in the second of two Atlantic races this weekend in Edmonton. He also set the fastest lap of the race, recording a 1.06.020 lap. Muniz recovered from a first-lap incident which sent him to the pits for a new nose. He fell to 18th position but charged back through the field to finish 13th.

Mario Dominguez had a very strong start at today’s Edmonton Indy. He started 19th but was 14th by the tenth lap. PCM’s strategy played out perfectly as they caught a yellow flag in time for their first stop of the day. The stop was flawless and Mario returned to the track, set to run for a top-12 finish. Unfortunately, his day turned for worse when he lost the right rear tire after his second stop. Although his car was in running order, he was not able to receive a "tow" from the IndyCar Safety team and was forced to retire.

Noteworthy: Global News report Kevin Karius assisted in the pits today, manning the "lollypop" sign which indicates the stopping point for the driver. His report on "life in the pitlane" will air on Monday’s 6pm news on Global.

Skerlong set his second "fast lap" of the race today; his first was at the season-opener at Long Beach. He also earned his first Atlantic pole position this weekend.

MARIO DOMINGUEZ, #96 Visit Mexico City/PCM/Honda/Dallara/Firestone

Started: 19th Finished: DNF

Mario on the race: "I am so disappointed. The car was running strong and we had a great start to the race. They struggled with that tire during the stop and right after I returned to the track, I called into the boys that a tire seemed loose. Sure enough, the tire fell off right after that. I am confused, because I was right by the pits and I thought they would try to put my tire on or tow me to the pits like they did with Camara (Jaime) earlier in the race when it happened to him. For some reason, they told me that I had to get out and I could not get a tow, so that was disappointing."

CARL SKERLONG, #14 King Taco/Mazda/Swift/Cooper Tires

Started: 1st Finished:2nd

Carl on the race: "At the start of the race, we just didn't have it, and Jonathan (Summerton) did. He passed me right at the start, and I stayed in second for the remainder of the race. I'm happy with my finish, especially after an unfortunate race yesterday. The more we compete, the more it's proving that if we can finish the race, we will finish on the podium. I'm still looking for that checker and a win, but we will take every championship point we can; consistency is the key right now. The King Taco car ran great all weekend and even gave me the fastest lap of the race. Thank you to everyone on the team for helping me finish on another podium, and I'm looking forward to Road America."

Frankie Muniz #41 PCM/Mazda/Swift/Cooper Tires

Started 14th Finished 13th

Frankie on the race: "I was involved in an incident on the first lap with Simona (de Silvestro) and Leo (Mansell). I broke my front wing and had to come into the pits two different times under yellow, once for a new nose and once for new tires. I really want to thank the guys for getting me back out quickly and keeping me on the lead lap. I moved down to 18th after that, but then I worked my way up to 13th and even passed two cars at once near the end. I'm a little disappointed that I didn't make my goal of finishing in the top-ten today, but I did get a lot of racing experience chasing the field which was awesome."

Mario’s Mexico City Travel Tip: "The Angel de la Indepencia" is one of the most recognizable monuments in Mexico City. She gracefully watches over the city, from the roundabout over Paseo da la Reforma, one of the busiest avenues in Mexico City. The Angel was built to memorialize the centennial of the beginning of Mexico’s War of Independence in 1910. I am very proud to wear the Mexico City logo which features the Angel. I carry her with me. For assistance planning your next vacation to Mexico City, visit www.mexicocity.gob.mx.

 

- Katie Brannan-

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27.07.2008 / MaP

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