Thursday, July 3, 2008

Locked & Loaded - PCM Rejoins The Fray At Watkins Glen

Pacific Coast Motorsports' primary transporter parked alongside the Ventura County headquarters location getting filled with the tools for the rest of the 2008 ICS season. Image Credit: Edmund Jenks (The EDJE) 2008

Locked & Loaded - PCM Rejoins The Fray At Watkins Glen

Mario Dominguez and the team of Pacific Coast Motorsports Racing will return to IndyCar Series action for 2008 this weekend at Watkins Glen International.

PCM last competed at Texas Motor Speedway where Dominguez started 24th and finished 21st in the 28-car field. The team remained at their Southern California, Ventura County-based headquarters throughout the month of June to prepare for the remainder of their modified season. This activity included becoming more familiar with the Dallara chassis and building a back-up car for competition.

One of two Visit Mexico City Dallara chassis in the process of being put together piece by piece to compete for the rest of the 2008 ICS season. Image Credit: Edmund Jenks (The EDJE) 2008

This weekend’s Camping World Grand Prix will be Mario’s first time on the historic track, but the PCM team is familiar with the venue, they raced there twice in 2006 while competing in the Rolex Grand Am series, and earned two top-ten finishes. They finished eighth in the sprint race and 10th in the six-hour event.

It is interesting to note that Dominguez scored 11 of his Champ Car podiums on road or street courses.

Michael Mihalka, Data Engineer and Tyler Tadevic, Owner and PCM Team President discuss the web of communications and on-track data options at the headquarters facility before resuming the 2008 ICS season at Watkins Glen. Image Credit: Edmund Jenks (The EDJE) 2008

Dominguez will arrive at Watkins Glen from Edmonton , Alberta , Canada on Thursday. A “transition” driver from Champ Car, Dominguez has two top-ten finishes, including a fifth Rexall Grand Prix’s at the Edmonton City Centre Airport and spent the day Wednesday promoting next month’s event.

"I am so excited to race at Watkins Glen. It is a track that I have always wanted to compete on and I always hoped I would get the opportunity.", said Mario Dominguez this week.

Mario Dominguez walking to his car in the pits, escorted by PCM Team Manager Michael Harvey at Texas Motor Speedway. Image Credit: Andy Sallee (2008)

"We’ve spent the last week strengthening our program and I’ve been training up to three hours everyday, so we are ready for our return to IndyCar action.", Mario continued.

"The last time we were on a road/street circuit we finished on the podium, which was at the Champ Car finale in Long Beach in April. Even though we’ve been racing on ovals most recently, I’ve logged hundreds of miles on my go-kart practice the road course techniques.

We are certainly hoping for and planning for a successful weekend in the Visit Mexico City car.".

So are we, here at The EDJE, Mario, so are we.

At Watkins Glen ... it is back to full strength for the "T-Team Ten"!

... notes from The EDJE

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