Lowe's Fernandez Racing Finishes Ninth in Detroit It was a disappointing day on the streets of Belle Isle Raceway as a mechanical failure removed the ...
Lowe's Fernandez Racing Finishes Ninth in Detroit
It was a disappointing day on the streets of Belle Isle Raceway as a mechanical failure removed the #15 Lowe's Acura ARX from contention in the Detroit Sports Car Challenge presented by Bosch. Fernandez and Diaz crossed the finish line ninth in class and 24th overall. The checkered flag brought the first one-two-three finish for Acura with the #26 car of Andretti Green Racing's Franck Montagny and James Rossiter claiming the top spot.
After qualifying fourth overall yesterday, Luis Diaz started the race from the third spot on the grid as the third-place #16 Dyson car was sent to the back for changing their qualifying tires due to damage. Aside from being hit from behind by the #7 Porsche at the start, Diaz managed to avoid trouble in the action-packed opening laps.
He was running third overall just past the halfway point of the race when he brushed the wall at Turn Three due to a mechanical failure. A broken bolt at the top of the left rear upright required extensive repair work to the suspension, however the team managed to complete the work in time to send Adrian Fernandez out on track. Fernandez emerged 20 laps down but was able complete 70 percent of the race distance allowing the team to retain its ninth-place points.
Adrian Fernandez, #15 Lowe's Acura ARX: "We don't know what happened. We think something broke on the car. We are not 100 percent certain but it is very disappointing."
Luis Diaz, #15 Lowe's Acura ARX: "It was a very bad day for me. At the exit of Turn Three I felt the car snapping on me and brushed the wall. I barely, barely brushed the wall. I didn't do anything differently. I didn't lose the car or anything like that. I feel bad about this result and we will keep working very hard."