Homestead: Fernandez Racing race report

Lowe's Fernandez Pontiac 14th at Homestead on Saturday The Lowe's Fernandez Pontiac Riley survived a wild Saturday night on the road course of Homestead-Miami Speedway before finishing 14th in the Grand American Racing Series event. Mario ...

Lowe's Fernandez Pontiac 14th at Homestead on Saturday

The Lowe's Fernandez Pontiac Riley survived a wild Saturday night on the road course of Homestead-Miami Speedway before finishing 14th in the Grand American Racing Series event. Mario Haberfeld started 11th and held the position in the early going before a Lap 35 pit stop when Haberfeld and Fernandez made the driver switch. The car appeared to leave its pit stall in front of the pace car but race officials ruled the Lowe's car had fallen down a lap. Because of track position, Fernandez was never able to regain the lost lap. He survived several incidents on the track that even included a flat tire in the final laps of the race. Although none of the incidents included major damage, the lost time forced the Lowe's Daytona Prototype to end the race two laps behind the leader.

No. 23 Porsche Crawford Alex Job Racing/Emory Motorsports drivers Patrick Long and polesitter Mike Rockenfeller co-drove to their first career victory. Christian Fittipaldi and co-driver Lucas Luhr finished second in the No. 39 Cheever Racing Porsche Crawford, as Luhr bumped his way past Scott Pruett in Turn One on the final lap. Pruett and co-driver Luis Diaz wound up third.

Adrian Fernandez: "That was like a demolition derby out there tonight. I think I was hit in the side, in the rear and a car even backed into me when we were stopped in the infield. We are still learning. We feel like the Pontiac is being hindered by the rules right now and we are working with Pontiac and Grand Am on that. I don't know how we lost a lap tonight. We made the driver change and thought we were ahead of the pace car and would stay on the lead lap but Grand Am ruled the other way. We have to accept it, and learn from it. We are going to get this figured out. The Lowe's car is just a little bit off but this is a good team and I am confident we will be up front. This is a new series to us and we are learning."

Mario Haberfeld: "I said before the race there were going to be a lot of cautions. The first part of the race went green so I was pleasantly surprised, but when the cautions started they just kept coming and coming. With the GT cars out there, some of those restarts were pretty wild. Traffic was really heavy tonight. The car started with a push and then at the end of my run got a little bit loose. We are getting beaten on the straightaways right now by the other cars, but we are going to keep working on getting the handling better and better."

-Fernandez Racing

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Mario Haberfeld , Adrian Fernandez , Christian Fittipaldi , Scott Pruett , Lucas Luhr , Luis Diaz , Mike Rockenfeller , Alex Job
Teams Alex Job Racing