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Lowe's Fernandez Racing Hits Birmingham To Begin Home Stretch of Rolex Series Season After a three-week hiatus in the Grand American Rolex Series schedule, the Lowe's Fernandez Racing duo of Adrian Fernandez and Mario Haberfeld are rested and ...

Lowe's Fernandez Racing Hits Birmingham To Begin Home Stretch of Rolex Series Season

After a three-week hiatus in the Grand American Rolex Series schedule, the Lowe's Fernandez Racing duo of Adrian Fernandez and Mario Haberfeld are rested and ready for their first-ever appearance at the scenic Barber Motorsports Park 2.3-mile road circuit just east of Birmingham, Ala., for Sunday's 250-mile featured event.

Having scored their maiden series victory in only the first-year team's ninth race at Mid-Ohio last month, Fernandez and Haberfeld are confident they can race their way back to the top of the podium as the season reaches its final leg with Sunday's first of four Rolex Series races over the next six weeks.

Before breaking through with their victory at Mid-Ohio, which came in dramatic fashion as Fernandez and Haberfeld rallied from last in the 27-car Daytona Prototype field, the team was a picture of steady progress from the season-opener onward. They enjoyed solid runs at Mexico City, Homestead, Long Beach and Laguna Seca before breaking through with a qualifying race win and top-five finish in the feature race at Phoenix in May.

ADRIAN FERNANDEZ ON BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK:

"I'm looking forward to the Barber track. It's a track that we don't know, yet, but we have proven that we can learn a new track quickly when we have to. I do know that heat and humidity are going to be an issue. It's something that everyone will have to deal with. During our time off since Daytona, one of the things we did was make some special modifications to the Lowe's race car to make sure we're keeping as cool as possible. Barber is going to be a good track for us. It's a very interesting track that should suit our setup quite well."

ADRIAN FERNANDEZ ON THE FINAL FOUR-RACE STRETCH:

"We are very focused on finishing the season on a high note these last four races. We finally tasted victory at Mid-Ohio after working very, very hard to be successful in the Rolex Series in a very short time. I still think it is remarkable what we have been able to do in just 10 races. But winning that first one only makes us want to work even harder to get another one. I think we have a good chance to do that before we finish the season. I think our sponsors at Lowe's, and everybody who has worked hard this season, definitely deserve to get another win."

MARIO HABERFELD ON RACING AT BIRMINGHAM:

"It's good to get back to racing again because as a driver, you want to be out there all the time. But the last three weeks have been good because we had a chance to go through the entire car. And the engineers have had a lot of time to study the track for this weekend. It will be something new to me and to Adrian, so it will take a little bit of time to learn the track. But I'm confident the car will be good. The car has been good the last several races for us. After the win at Mid-Ohio, unfortunately things didn't go our way at Daytona. Barber is a track, from what I've seen, with some very tight corners, like Phoenix, so the car will be good."

-www.fernandezracing.net

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Adrian Fernandez