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Lowe's Fernandez Racing Heads to Sonoma for Season's Next-To-Last Rolex Series Event The Lowe's Fernandez Racing duo of Adrian Fernandez and Mario Haberfeld look to get back on the winning track during Saturday's next-to-last Grand American...

Lowe's Fernandez Racing Heads to Sonoma for Season's Next-To-Last Rolex Series Event

The Lowe's Fernandez Racing duo of Adrian Fernandez and Mario Haberfeld look to get back on the winning track during Saturday's next-to-last Grand American Rolex Series race of the season at Infineon Raceway near Sonoma, Calif.

It will be the first career event on the scenic 12-turn, 2.2-mile hillside road circuit for both Fernandez and Haberfeld. They'll hope to put the #12 Lowe's Fernandez Racing Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype back in the winner's circle as they did back in June at Mid-Ohio, as well as after their qualifying race win at Phoenix in May. A promising run of three top-five finishes in five events was disrupted at Watkins Glen two weekends ago when Haberfeld was spun from behind in the opening laps and the first-year team suffered its first DNF since the season-opening 24-hour race at Daytona.

Before breaking through with their Rolex Series victory at Mid-Ohio, which came in dramatic fashion as Fernandez and Haberfeld rallied from last in the 27-car Daytona Prototype field, the Lowe's Fernandez 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 their breakthrough weekend at Phoenix.

The season concludes Sept. 2 at the brand new Miller Motorsports Park outside Salt Lake City.

ADRIAN FERNANDEZ ON INFINEON RACEWAY: "We're very excited about these last two races. Obviously, we want to finish the season on a high note. We're coming to another track that we don't know, first-hand, with our Grand Am team, but we do have experience there with our IndyCar program. It's a very nice track and another track with a lot of history, like Watkins Glen, that I can't believe I've never raced on before this season. It's a very demanding track, physically, so that will be fun. It seems very unique, and I'm very anxious to get into the car for practice on Thursday and learn it. We were very strong again at Watkins Glen before we got taken out of the race, so I have every reason to believe we will be strong again this weekend at Infineon. These last two weekends, we really want to give our Lowe's Racing family something to be proud of."

MARIO HABERFELD ON RACING AT INFINEON: "We have to keep sticking to our game plan, which since Laguna Seca (in late April) has made us competitive everywhere we have gone. Unfortunately, we haven't been able to capitalize on our competitiveness with a good result as often as we should have, or deserved to. Most of the time it was through no fault of our own, like our last race at Watkins Glen. I'm very confident we'll have a good car again this weekend. We have a very good understanding of the car by now. As always, we'll need to try to qualify up front, but no matter where we start, our race pace has been very strong. It's another new track for us. But, except for Long Beach, Homestead, Laguna Seca and Mid-Ohio, they've all been new tracks for us and I don't think that hindered our performance at all. Setup-wise, I think we have a setup that works everywhere."

-credit: fr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Mario Haberfeld , Adrian Fernandez