Lowe's Fernandez Racing Qualifies Third Overall at Mid-Ohio Lowe's Fernandez Racing continued their strong pace at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with Adrian Fernandez qualifying the ...
Lowe's Fernandez Racing Qualifies Third Overall at Mid-Ohio
Lowe's Fernandez Racing continued their strong pace at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with Adrian Fernandez qualifying the #15 Lowe's Acura Lola third overall this afternoon. Fernandez's best lap was only 0.218 seconds off of the Penske Porsches who will start on the front row for tomorrow's Acura Sports Car Challenge.
Fernandez and teammate Luis Diaz were competitive out of the box on the 2.258-mile permanent road course. The pair had not been outside the top-four overall in the three practice sessions held prior to qualifying [a test session yesterday and two one-hour official practice sessions today].
Fernandez will be aiming for a repeat of 2006 in Saturday's 2 hour 45 minute race as Mid-Ohio was the site of the first win for Lowe's Fernandez Racing in sports car competition. Fernandez has enjoyed much success at the Lexington, Ohio, circuit with two victories (Champ Car in 1998 and Grand-Am in 2006) and a finishing record of seventh-place or better each time he has taken the checkered flag. Diaz has two podiums to his credit as well with second and third-place drives in the Grand-Am Series in 2005 and 2004 respectively.
The Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio will take place at 3:15 ET tomorrow and will be broadcast on Sunday at 2:00 pm ET on CBS Sports.
Adrian Fernandez, #15 Lowe's Acura Lola:
"I am very happy. We tested well here and put a good performance together in qualifying. The Porsches are still a little bit ahead of us but I think we are catching up. We made good gains with our car and good changes for qualifying. I think we have a very solid car. I am really pleased with the performance from the team and Luis. We all work together very well. At the end [of the session], I think I had a chance to make the front row but, unfortunately, I had a downshifting problem on my last lap. I was a tenth-and-a-half [of a second] faster so far on that lap but a gear didn't come in and that was it and that was the checkered flag. We had a little bit of an issue with fueling the car near the end which probably cost us an extra lap. At the end of the day, it is a good result. The Porsches are still strong but with the help of the Acura power, we are catching up and making progress."
Luis Diaz, #15 Lowe's Acura Lola:
"We knew coming into this race that we would have a competitive car, but I think the team did a fantastic job and Adrian did a great job pushing the Porsches to the limit in qualifying. We have a very strong car for tomorrow. If we can keep the car on the track and stay out of trouble, we will be fighting for a win."