Lowe's Fernandez Racing Qualifies Sixth at Road America Lowe's Fernandez Racing drivers Adrian Fernandez and Luis Diaz will start sixth in class and eighth overall for tomorrow's four-hour Generac 500 at Road America. Diaz handled qualifying ...
Lowe's Fernandez Racing Qualifies Sixth at Road America
Lowe's Fernandez Racing drivers Adrian Fernandez and Luis Diaz will start sixth in class and eighth overall for tomorrow's four-hour Generac 500 at Road America. Diaz handled qualifying duties in this afternoon's 20-minute session but battled an overall lack of mechanical grip aboard the #15 Lowe's Acura Lola. His best lap of 1:51.265 (130.974 mph) was the fastest time of the weekend for the team following two one-hour practice sessions leading up to qualifying. Highcroft Racing's David Brabham was the quickest of the Acura contingent with a best lap of 1:49.767 (132.761 mph) that placed him fifth overall on the grid.
Despite prior career starts on the 4.048-mile permanent road course -- Fernandez with 11 and Diaz with one -- both will be making their sports car debuts at Road America. The pair are fresh off their second podium of the season with a third-place drive at Mid-Ohio three weeks ago.
Adrian Fernandez, #15 Lowe's Acura Lola:
"It has been an interesting weekend. We came here off a strong finish at Mid-Ohio and the car has been good, but at this track you have to trim out the car to be able to go faster. The car with the higher downforce works well, but every time we try to take some downforce off we struggle with grip. We haven't been able to find a good balance to where we can get closer to the other guys. The good thing is that this is a long race at four hours and a lot can happen. The team is pretty pumped up after our last race and we have improved tremendously in a lot of areas. We should be looking good for the race."
Luis Diaz, #15 Lowe's Acura Lola:
"In qualifying, my biggest problem was overall grip. The engine is powerful but we don't seem to have the grip that we need to run at the low downforce levels you need to be quick on the straights. >From my perspective, like Adrian said, it is a long race and that is a good thing. We know that the car and engine is durable, so we need to be smart tomorrow. We may not have the fastest race car on the race track today. We have a great team and a consistent car and that's what matters."