Dominguez and PCM have eye on Indy and Surfers
Former Gold Coast Indy 300 winner Mario Dominguez is headed for Australian shores once again, securing a full-time IndyCar Series ride with Pacific Coast Motorsports as of next month's Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Dominguez won the race around the Streets of Surfers Paradise as a rookie in 2002 after starting 16th on the grid, and went on to score two further podiums Down Under with a third in 2004 and a second in 2006. His last visit to Australia was for the 2007 event, where he was 12th.
Most recently Dominguez was third in the Champ Car World Series Finale at Long Beach – which was won by Australian Will Power – bringing his CCWS tally to two victories, 11 podium finishes and one pole, as he heads to the IndyCar Series aboard the no. 96 Visit Mexico City/PCM entry.
|Mario Dominguez (L) on podium in Long Beach|
The 2008 IndyCar Series season has just completed Round 4 at Kansas Speedway at the weekend, and now heads to the 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the series continues on a schedule that is the most diverse in world motorsports.
The 2008 schedule will take the teams and drivers to short ovals, superspeedways, and road and street courses including the Gold Coast Indy 300 which is regarded as a ‘crown jewel’ in international motorsport.
The future of the Gold Coast Indy 300 was recently secured for at least another six years with a deal being reached with the new-look IndyCar Series and V8 Supercars Australia.
Now regarded as one of the world’s iconic motorsport events, the Gold Coast Indy 300 will now continue until and including 2013 with major plans already underway for a massive 20th anniversary celebration in 2010.
With 96 hours of non-stop excitement over October 23-26 as the Gold Coast comes alive to the sound of the IndyCars burning up the track and Australia’s own V8 Supercars scorching around one of the most famous beach-side cities in the world, the event is the hottest ticket in town.
Tickets are now on sale for the Gold Coast Indy 300 with ticket options to suit everyone's needs. Four day Grandstand passes are available for those who prefer to watch the racing from the comfort of their own reserved seat or for those who prefer to wander around and soak up the atmosphere then a four day, weekend or single day General Admission pass might be more their style. For more information on ticket options go to www.indy.com.au. For information on Corporate Hospitality packages please call our Sales Team on (07) 5588 6800.
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY…
Mario Dominguez – No. 96 Visit Mexico City/PCM Honda/Dallara/Firestone
“I am very excited about this new project,” said Dominguez.
“Racing in the Indy 500 is a childhood dream of mine. I understand I have a big responsibility since I will be driving the Mexico City car.
“I will be representing the colors of my city and my country in the most important racing series in North America. I am very excited to continue my efforts with PCM.
"We just finished on the podium this weekend (at Long Beach), and that shows that we are competitive and can be champions together.”
Tyler Tadevic – Team Owner of Pacific Coast Motorsports
“With our recent success at the Long Beach Grand Prix and with Mario giving me my first podium as a team owner, we couldn’t be more excited, and we can’t wait to get started,” said Tadevic.
“This program is an extension of our belief in the Hispanic market and of our belief the Hispanic fans have for open-wheel racing and Mario in particular. This Hispanic demographic is the fastest growing market in the United States and a very important fan base for the IndyCar Series.” Indy Gold Coast GP