Laguna Seca: Fernandez Racing qualifying report

Lowe's Fernandez Racing 13th in Laguna Seca Qualifying Race The No. 12 Lowe's Fernandez Racing Pontiac Riley will start 13th in Sunday's Grand American Rolex Series Road & Track 250 at Laguna Seca Raceway near Monterey, Calif., after this ...

Lowe's Fernandez Racing 13th in Laguna Seca Qualifying Race

The No. 12 Lowe's Fernandez Racing Pontiac Riley will start 13th in Sunday's Grand American Rolex Series Road & Track 250 at Laguna Seca Raceway near Monterey, Calif., after this afternoon's 30-minute qualifying race.

Adrian Fernandez piloted the Lowe's Fernandez Racing Daytona Prototype-class entry during the qualifying race. He started ninth by virtue of his performance in this morning's third practice session of the weekend, but lost several positions during the opening lap after nearly getting forced into a concrete barrier by another competitor. Fernandez held on the rest of the way en route to a 13th-place finish. Fernandez and co-driver Mario Haberfeld logged the seventh-fastest practice lap of the day here Friday.

Haberfeld will start Sunday's 2-hour, 45-minute race around the scenic 2.238-mile hillside road circuit and will hand the car over to Fernandez during a required driver change by race's end. SPEED-TV will broadcast the event live at 3 p.m.

Adrian Fernandez: "I think we had a pretty good car for the qualifying race, but we'll have to make some changes if we are going to have a good day tomorrow. I almost got forced into the wall on the first lap. That hurt us a little bit in terms of track position. Eventually the car got very loose, so I had to be conservative through several of the corners. We had a little bit of an engine problem this morning that forced us to change motors before the qualifying race, but everything seemed to be okay with the new motor this afternoon. We'll just make some adjustments and see how the car responds during the morning practice tomorrow. I think we will be okay."

Mario Haberfeld: "We managed to make the car very good by the end of practice this morning, before we had a little problem with the motor and had to stop early. Otherwise, I think we would have been in the top four or five for the qualifying race. I'll get to start 13th just like I did at Virginia (International Raceway two weeks ago), but by Lap 8 we were up in fourth there. So, if we just stick to our plan and make the adjustments we need to make by tomorrow, I think we will have a car capable of finishing in the top five or six. It's difficult to have a good day unless you start in the very front in this series, but we're pretty confident we have the car that will be able to move to the front tomorrow."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Mario Haberfeld , Adrian Fernandez