Spurred on by a huge contingent of Mexican fans, Team Rahal's Michel Jourdain Jr and Herdez Competition's Mario Dominguez led Saturday morning's opening practice session at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

The Mexican born duo overcame a damp start to the 75-minute session to wind up within spitting distance of Friday's provisional qualifying times with Jourdain Jr stopping the clocks at 1:29.484secs and Dominguez just seven thousandths slower at 1:29.491secs.

Patrick Racing's Oriol Servia was third quickest, a major boost for the Spaniard who needs to improve his provisional starting position by at least four places in final qualifying if his season long top-ten streak is to continue while Tiago Monteiro put in another one of his increasingly frequent top performances to put the Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing Reynard-Ford into fourth spot on the timesheets, less tan three tenths of a second behind Jourdain Jr around the 2.786-mile circuit.

Provisional front row qualifier Bruno Junqueira was fifth fastest, with Friday's pole man Paul Tracy only 13th fastest, the Canadian veteran taking a cautious approach after teammate Patrick Carpentier got caught out in the slick conditions during the opening minutes and damaged his primary Forsythe Racing Lola-Ford.

Carpentier eventually took his repaired machine to sixth fastest time, just ahead of rookie quintet Darren Manning, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Mario Haberfeld, Rodolfo Lavin and Mika Salo.

Mexican national hero Adrian Fernandez was once again left puzzled at being only 12th fastest while Luis Diaz and Roberto Gonzalez both continued their smooth weekend's with 15th and 19th quickest times respectively.

 

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