MARIO DOMINGUEZ IN AT ROCKETSPORTS
 
 

EAST LANSING, Michigan (September 18, 2006) – The 2006 Champ Car World Series season has not been a smooth ride for Rocketsports Racing as the team has been looking for some solid runs and consistency throughout the year, but things just might change for the fourth-year Champ Car team with the signing of Mario Dominguez for the final three races of the year.

The Mexican’s season has been as bumpy as the team’s in terms of consistency. He started the season driving the #7 car for Forsythe Championship Racing, but after four races, the driver and team parted ways. The Mexican veteran then moved to Dale Coyne Racing, where he piloted the #19 car for the next seven races, but when the opportunity came to move into the Rocketsports stable, Dominguez and the Michigan-based team both jumped at the opportunity.

“We are pleased to have Mario join us for the final three races of the season,” said Rocketsports Racing team owner Paul Gentilozzi. “We had been working on having a chance to run him this season, but it came sooner than expected. We were in discussions with some potential sponsors in Mexico to run him in 2007, with the anticipation of putting him in one of our seats at the season finale in Mexico City in preparation for next season. However, with the early separation of him and Dale Coyne, that plan changed in the last few days. So it will be great to be able to run him for three races as we continue to build a relationship between him and Mexico that can carry onto 2007.”

“This is a sad and happy time for me,” said Dominguez. “I am leaving Dale Coyne Racing, who gave me an opportunity when no one else did. Every member on the team was great. They were very hard working and I had a great time with them. We were able to enjoy some good times and good races together. I will forever be grateful to Dale, his wife, and everyone on the team for that opportunity."

The Rocketsports team has been running two cars for a most of the season. Nicky Pastorelli has been piloting the #8 Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone for most of the season, but will sit out during Round 12 at Road America due to contractual difficulties. It was confirmed that Tonis Kasemets would be making his return to the Champ Car paddock for the Road America event taking over the #18 Flexovit Abrasives/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone, but the #8 car remained vacant. Meanwhile, the Mexico City promoters and Champ Car worked together to secure sponsorship from Mexico for Dominguez and ultimately seized the opportunity of the opening to run him with Rocketsports.

“Nicky will be taking a one-race break, with the hopes of us being able to run him in the final two races this season,” said Gentilozzi. “We will be taking this opportunity to run Tonis with the hopes of making him more competitive in a Champ Car on a racetrack that he knows very well and has been competitive on in the past driving other types of race cars. He has been doing a great job for us, and we hope that the results can continue to improve because we knew he is capable of it and that the opportunity is there.”