Homestead: Fernandez Racing qualifying report

Lowe's Fernandez Pontiac Starts 11th at Homestead The Lowe's Fernandez Racing Pontiac will start 11th Saturday night in the Grand American Rolex Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mario Haberfeld drove the No. 12 Daytona Prototype during...

Lowe's Fernandez Pontiac Starts 11th at Homestead

The Lowe's Fernandez Racing Pontiac will start 11th Saturday night in the Grand American Rolex Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mario Haberfeld drove the No. 12 Daytona Prototype during the 15-minute session dominated by four Porsche-powered entries that took all but one of the top-five spots. The Lowe's Pontiac was the second-quickest Pontiac among the 26 Prototypes. SPEED will televise Saturday night's race on a tape-delayed basis at 8 p.m. EST.

Adrian Fernandez: "We have a lot of work ahead of us tomorrow, but I think this race is going to be about endurance and staying out of trouble. We saw in practice how many caution flags there were, and I think the race might be the same. For us that means to run as fast as we can but avoid trouble at all costs. I expect us to be at the front of the field. I know we didn't qualify like we wanted to (Friday) but I don't think qualifying is as critical here as it will be at other places. This is a pretty demanding track and I think it will be the smart drivers and pit crews that determine who wins."

Mario Haberfeld: "We tried a lot of things here this weekend and we haven't found the perfect setup yet. We had the car oversteering and we had the car understeering. We have to get a little bit better balance in the car. In qualifying, it was the best we have had the car so far. I think we got a good lap there -- probably the most out of the car that we could. Another two-tenths would have been great because we would have improved another five positions, but it wasn't to be. Now we have to work for the race. For the race we have a pretty consistent car that we can race hard the whole night. I think it is going to be a pretty difficult race. It is going to be a race where you have to stay on the track because there is going to be a lot of accidents and people going off. Obviously, we didn't qualify like we wanted to but we learned a lot. We have a consistent car and I am confident we can finish in the front."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Mario Haberfeld , Adrian Fernandez