Forsythe Racing announces Dominguez as 2nd driver UPDATE Wheeling, Illinois - Forsythe Championship Racing is proud to announce that it has secured the services of veteran Mexican Champ Car Driver Mario Dominguez to pilot the #7 Telmex/INDECK Cosworth/Bridgestone/DP01 for the first three rounds of the 2007 Champ Car World Series. This will be the second time that Dominguez and the Forsythe Team join forces, as the Mexico City native competed with the blue and white team for the full 2005 Season and four events in 2006, securing two podiums finishes, and a career first Pole Position for Dominguez at the Houston Grand Prix.
Dominguez is one Champ Car’s most experienced drivers and will begin his sixth full Season of Champ Car competition in the Series. In his 78 starts he has captured two Victories, one Pole Position, 11 Podiums, and has finished among the top 10 in the Championship four times. He has also become one of the most recognizable sports figures among Latin American fans both in Mexico and in the United States.
Forsythe Championship Racing would also like to welcome back Telmex, Latin America’s leading communications company and new sponsor Cabicorp, developers of Promenada at Rainbow, a residential and commercial real estate development in Las Vegas as sponsors on the #7 Champ Car.
Telmex is the leading communications company in Latin America with operations in Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Peru and United States. It invested over $29 billion USD between 1990-2005 to ensure the growth and modernization of its infrastructure, developing a 100% digital platform which operates one of the most technologically advanced fiber optic networks in the world, including subterranean cable connections between 39 countries.
Telmex and its subsidiaries offer the widest range of voice, data and video, internet access and integral solution services to all telecommunications segments; from public telephony, rural and residential, to client services for small and medium companies, to large national and international corporations.
About Promenada at Rainbow:
Promenada at Rainbow is one of many projects developed by Cabicorp, a leading real estate developer in the United States. Promenada is a resort style project in Las Vegas that includes various amenities such as two story gym with pool views, two pools with Jacuzzi, clubhouse, lounging area, and other amenities. It also includes a retail component that will give the project a true neighborhood feel, where people can work, live and play within walking distance. The project will open in the Winter of 2008.
“I am extremely happy to be given this opportunity to come back to race for the Forsythe Team, I feel like I have unfinished business here and I would like to thank Mr. Forsythe from the bottom of my heart for giving me this opportunity to go chase victories for him again. We are going to give it all we’ve got for the first three races and we’ll all keep working on sponsorship which will hopefully come through so we can race for the rest of the year. I am 100% percent committed to this program and I will give Jerry the results that he wants, both on and off the track. I would also like to thank Telmex and Promenada at Rainbow for supporting me, without them none of this would be possible.
I had a chance to drive the DP01 in Sebring at the beginning of the year and I have no doubt that it will improve the racing this year. It is very fast and it should make the field a lot more competitive and more exciting for the fans to watch. It is quite stable and you can be aggressive with it, it really matches my driving style so I have no doubt that we will be very strong and that we’ll be able to hold high the Orgullo de México/Pride of Mexico”
Neil Micklewright VP Team Operations
“We are very happy to have Mario back on the Team. When we were searching for a driver for the #7 car we knew we needed someone with experience that would help us develop the new car and who could be quick right out of the box. Even though we’ve been strong during testing with only one car, having two cars with two quick drivers will definitely speed up our understanding and development of the car, particularly as we visit these first three street circuits which have a lot of characteristics that we haven’t really been able to test with the DP01 yet. Mario has always been fast on temporary street circuits, and with the new chassis and his knowledge of the Team we’ll be in the best shape possible.”
Peter Davies, SVP Business Development
“With our Forsythe business interests and partners CIE in Mexico, Forsythe Racing has always had a special interest in running a Mexican driver. Last year there was a whole set of circumstances which unfortunately for Mario and the Team brought to a premature end his 2006 campaign with us, but with the help and support of Telmex and new sponsors Cabicorp and Promenada at Rainbow we hope we’ve created a catalyst to re-engage Mexican and Hispanic companies. On this note we would specially like to thank Telmex and Carlos Slim without whom this new Mexican initiative and potential would not have been possible.
Mario and all of us at the Team will be working extremely hard with our existing and potential sponsors to ensure that Mario can challenge for the 2007 Champ Car Championship for himself, Forsythe, his sponsors and Mexico.”
Jerry Forsythe, Team Owner
“It’s been a long and busy off season – Champ Car has secured stronger domestic and international television partners, our next generation race car, and new venues – new markets in Las Vegas, Europe, China and Phoenix. In considering a second driver for the Team, Mario was always an obvious choice; he not only has a lot of experience and success with the Team, but also has a huge following in Mexico and among the Latin fans in the United States. These are two key targets groups for Champ Car and it is important to give these fans a hero to cheer for and to provide Latin American companies a Motorsports platform through which to promote their products, services and brands.
With Mario Dominguez and Champ Car’s exciting festivals of speed in key North American markets I very much hope we can re-establish and grow strong partnerships with Mexican and Latin corporations.”
03/29/07 Forsythe Racing's Neil Micklewright announced today that Mexican veteran Mario Dominguez would return to the team for the first three races of 2007.
Micklewright said that the team hopes to continue the relationship for the rest of the season, but of course it is contingent on sponsorship. Dominguez said that he hopes that the first three races will be enough to convince the Mexican companies he is talking with to come onboard for the whole year. More to follow....