Early Problems Hinder Lowe's Fernandez Racing at Road America Drama in the early stages of the Generac 500 at Road America resulted in a game of catch up for Lowe's Fernandez Racing drivers Adrian Fernandez and Luis Diaz this afternoon. Diaz,...
Early Problems Hinder Lowe's Fernandez Racing at Road America
Drama in the early stages of the Generac 500 at Road America resulted in a game of catch up for Lowe's Fernandez Racing drivers Adrian Fernandez and Luis Diaz this afternoon. Diaz, who handled initial driving duties in the four-hour race, was unable to roll off the grid due to an electrical problem with the McLaren dash of the #15 Lowe's Acura Lola. As a result, he lost his starting position of eighth overall and began the race from the back of the field.
The action continued for the team on the first lap when Diaz had contact with a GT2 Porsche. He was subsequently given a stop-and-go penalty and was shown 25th overall. By the one-hour mark, Diaz had charged back and was running in 10th position overall. Twenty minutes later, weather moved into the Elkhart Lake area with heavy rains and lightning resulting in a full-course caution period for over an hour. Racing resumed on Leader Lap 52 with Diaz shown eighth overall and sixth in class.
Diaz turned the car over to Fernandez with just over an hour remaining. Fernandez ran as high as seventh overall (fifth in class) but a late race pit stop for a splash of fuel dropped the Lowe's machine back to eighth place overall and sixth in class.
Saturday's four-hour race will begin at 5:00 pm EST and will be broadcast by NBC Sports on Sunday, August 12th, at 2:30 pm EST.
Adrian Fernandez, #15 Lowe's Acura Lola:
"It was a tough day. It started on the grid with some electronic problem with the dash and we had to start from the back of the grid. We had to run with no dash and no shifting lights the entire race. Then the rain came and basically we were always playing catch-up but the team never gave up. I jumped in for the last hour and by then we had lost the radio as well. But the car was good. I was having a great battle with Bryan Herta but I had some issues with rubber stuck in the fenders and felt like I had a flat tire and I had to catch back up again. In all, it was a day in which we never gave up regardless of the problems and it shows what a strong team we have."
Luis Diaz, #15 Lowe's Acura Lola:
"It was unfortunate that we had problems from the beginning with an electrical issue and we lost the radio also. Then I had a stop-and-go penalty. I was on the inside and the Porsche beside me touched the other Porsche and they hit me. It was not under braking and I didn't even move the steering wheel. I would like to review the video but I didn't try anything. It's a shame we had problems today because the car was running good and it was pretty fast. Unfortunately, we had all this drama at the beginning and I had to start from the back."