Mid-Ohio: Fernandez Racing race report

Lowe's Fernandez Racing Takes Third in Acura Sports Car Challenge The Lowe's Fernandez Racing driving duo of Adrian Fernandez and Luis Diaz finished third in class and fourth overall today aboard the ...

Lowe's Fernandez Racing Takes Third in Acura Sports Car Challenge

The Lowe's Fernandez Racing driving duo of Adrian Fernandez and Luis Diaz finished third in class and fourth overall today aboard the #15 Lowe's Acura Lola in the Acura Sports Car Challenge at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. This is the second podium for the team in its first season of American Le Mans Series competition and fourth top-five result to date.

Diaz started the race in third but was unlucky with traffic during his one-hour stint on the 2.258-mile road course. He turned the car over to Fernandez in fourth position on Lap 48. Fernandez was able to pass the #6 Penske Porsche of Ryan Briscoe on Lap 63 [1-hour 20-minute mark] to move into the top three behind the #2 Audi and #7 Porsche.

Fernandez took over the lead on Lap 89 as the front-runners pitted. He made his final pit stop of the day on Lap 92 with 50 minutes remaining, taking fuel only as the team gambled on tires in an attempt to keep Fernandez in the lead. Unfortunately, the #7 Porsche with Romain Dumas behind the wheel was able to assume the top position on Lap 93. Fernandez lost second place with 30 minutes remaining as he was unable to fend off the efforts of the #6 Porsche.

The Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio will be broadcast tomorrow at 2:00 pm ET on CBS Sports.

Adrian Fernandez, #15 Lowe's Acura Lola:

"We were strong all weekend and gave our all to get the Porsches but in the end we didn't make it. Luis had a good first stint. I jumped in and had a great battle with [Ryan] Briscoe. I passed him then he passed me. Traffic really was a factor in this race. We decided to not take tires on our last pit stop to try and win the race and it just didn't play out in our favor. We bounced back well from the last race [Lime Rock where the team retired with its first mechanical problem of the season] and I am very proud of the guys. We just have to keep working hard to try to get to the front."

Luis Diaz, #15 Lowe's Acura Lola:

"I had some bad luck with traffic in the race but I am very happy with this weekend. We were at the front from the very first practice and we have to keep up this pace for the rest of the season. The team is getting better and better every race and I am really looking forward to Elkhart Lake [August 11]. I know that we will be very strong there as well."

-credit: fr

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Series ALMS
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Luis Diaz , Ryan Briscoe , Romain Dumas