Long Beach: Fernandez Racing qualifying report

Lowe's Fernandez Racing Fifth in Long Beach Qualifying The No. 12 Lowe's Fernandez Racing Pontiac Riley will start fifth in Saturday's Grand American Challenge on the city streets of Long Beach, California. After an early morning 45-minute ...

Lowe's Fernandez Racing Fifth in Long Beach Qualifying

The No. 12 Lowe's Fernandez Racing Pontiac Riley will start fifth in Saturday's Grand American Challenge on the city streets of Long Beach, California. After an early morning 45-minute practice session on Friday, the 26 Daytona Prototypes took to the downtown circuit in two groups to determine the starting order for Saturday's 90-minute event. Each group was given 30 minutes for the individual cars to post their best laps. Co-driver Mario Haberfeld qualified the No. 12 second-quickest in his group and fifth overall. Haberfeld will start the race before handing driving duties over to Adrian Fernandez. Saturday's race begins at 7 p.m. EST. SPEED will broadcast the race on a tape delayed basis at 9 p.m.

Adrian Fernandez: "We should have a good race tomorrow. I think we are closer than we were in Homestead. We feel we have a good package so we should be strong. I am very positive. The key for tomorrow is, obviously, to be fast, consistent and to really try to stay near the front. We have to have a good pit stop and be as quick as we can. We are going to try to figure out our pit strategy and things like that tonight, but the bottom line is we have to be fast. I'm proud of Mario's qualifying run today. He kept getting faster and faster as the session went on. It's going to be a short race (90 minutes) so anything can happen."

Mario Haberfeld -- "I felt we did about the best we could do in qualifying. I don't think we could have gone any quicker. Qualifying fifth after we were 11th in Homestead is much better. It still isn't where we want to be but the race is tomorrow. Obviously, after 10 or 20 laps you are going to encounter backmarkers and this is a pretty hard track to pass if you don't get the lapped car in the right place. I think we have a consistent car and if we can make some minor changes tonight, we are looking good for tomorrow."

-fr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Mario Haberfeld , Adrian Fernandez