After playing a key role in helping Herdez Competition to their best Champ Car season ever, veteran driver Roberto Moreno has confirmed that he will not be returning to the team in 2004, leaving major question marks over his future involvement with the series.

Although the cheery 44 year-old only finished 13th in the final Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford points standings, his technical input and support to lead driver Mario Dominguez is regarded as one of the main reasons behind the team's massive 2003 improvement over previous seasons.

" It gives me great pleasure to know that I am leaving the team after being part of their graduation to the next level of competitiveness and becoming one of the top teams in the Champ Car paddock," stated the Florida based, Brazilian born veteran.

"I feel good about the 2003 season overall. I came to Herdez Competition to assist in the development of Mario Dominguez and to help in the development of the car. I feel that we have achieved those objectives. So my satisfaction with the season is not related to one particular day or event, though the 1-2 finish in Miami is a special memory.

"Simply put, my satisfaction was in seeing the development of the team as a whole, day in, day out."

Moreno earned a single podium position in 2003. On the streets of his adopted hometown, Miami, Florida, Moreno raced to second place, joining his teammate Mario Dominguez on the podium for an historic 1-2 finish; the first in Herdez Competition history. However it now appears as though 2003 was his final swansong in the series, which he first contested in 1985.



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