Lowe's Fernandez Racing Qualifies Sixth at Mid-Ohio Lowe's Fernandez Racing will make its second ALMS start at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course from the sixth position on the grid (fifth in the LMP2 class) following qualifying this afternoon for the...
Lowe's Fernandez Racing Qualifies Sixth at Mid-Ohio
Lowe's Fernandez Racing will make its second ALMS start at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course from the sixth position on the grid (fifth in the LMP2 class) following qualifying this afternoon for the Acura Sports Car Challenge. Despite a second and fourth overall ranking on the timesheets after two one-hour practice sessions, Adrian Fernandez and Luis Diaz endured a difficult day around the 2.258-mile permanent road course.
A persistent understeer problem plagued the #15 Lowe's Acura ARX. Diaz handled qualifying duties and managed a best lap of 68.507 (118.656 mph), just over a half-second off the pole time set by fellow Acura driver Gil de Ferran. David Brabham of Patron Highcroft Racing claimed the second spot on the grid to capture an all-Acura front row.
Fernandez and Diaz will be looking to better their 2007 third-place result in tomorrow's 2 hour 45 minute race. Fernandez is a two-time winner at Mid-Ohio claiming his most recent win in 2006 Grand-Am competition. Diaz holds three podium results and will be chasing his first win in seven career starts. The pair are currently seventh in the championship standings, 10 points shy of the top five.
Adrian Fernandez, #15 Lowe's Acura ARX: "The front of the grid is quite tight. We made some changes overnight from yesterday that we really couldn't change in time for qualifying and that dropped us a little bit back. But these are long races and, hopefully, our luck will come around this weekend and we can have a good result for Lowe's and Acura."
Luis Diaz, #15 Lowe's Acura ARX: "It was tough day. I was expecting better in qualifying because we had a good test here. Unfortunately, I think we were chasing the track a little bit. We got confused on the downforce versus the mechanical grip and couldn't find a good balance for qualifying. I think we have a strong race car and tomorrow should be a lot better."