VIR: Fernandez Racing preview

Fernandez and Haberfeld Ready for Virginia International Raceway Lowe's Fernandez Racing prepares for its fifth race on the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series tour this weekend at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) in Alton, Va. Adrian ...

Fernandez and Haberfeld Ready for Virginia International Raceway

Lowe's Fernandez Racing prepares for its fifth race on the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series tour this weekend at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) in Alton, Va. Adrian Fernandez and Mario Haberfeld will pilot the No. 12 Lowe's Fernandez Racing Pontiac Riley in Sunday's 2:45 hour event on the 3.27-mile road course.

This weekend the Daytona Prototypes will race in a 30-minute qualifying race on Saturday. Practice speeds will determine the starting lineup for the qualifying race and the finishing order will determine the grid for Sunday's race. The driver that starts on Saturday cannot start on Sunday. While a single driver can race Saturday's entire race, there will still be a mandatory driver change on Sunday.

Lowe's Fernandez Racing made its debut in the Rolex 24 At Daytona where it climbed as high as third before overheating problems ended a promising run. In Mexico City, the duo started fourth and finished seventh. The team finished 14th at Homestead after falling down a lap during a driver switch on pit lane. At Long Beach, the team finished 11th after surviving a multi-car accident early in the race that required an extra pit stop to repair front-end damage.

ADRIAN FERNANDEZ ON THE SEASON SO FAR: "Despite our 11th-place finish in Long Beach, I am extremely excited about the way our program is progressing. In racing, as you know, luck is always a factor to some degree and we were victims of being in the wrong place at the wrong time more than once on race day. Eleventh was not the result we were expecting but, as I said earlier, I am extremely pleased with our level of competitiveness. Had things gone a bit differently in the race, I really feel we would have enjoyed our first podium"

FERNANDEZ ON RACING AT VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY: "I went to VIR with Hendrick Motorsports last year to test a Busch car and I was surprised how nice the facility is there. We practiced from sunup to sundown and then we practiced pit stops when it was almost dark. I got to know the place really well and I liked what I saw. I think the track will be a lot of fun to run on in the Daytona Prototypes. So far we have put on some pretty exciting shows, and I think Sunday will be the same. I love the permanent road courses. We will be working hard to get the Lowe's car into victory lane soon."

MARIO HABERFELD ON VIR TESTING ON THURSDAY: "That's great for us. That gives us a full day to work on our race setup and to familiarize ourselves with the track. The crew likes it because it isn't another few nights away from home. We just go in a day earlier than normal. By doing it on Thursday, it increases the chances the track conditions will be the same when we race on Sunday. That's a good thing. Sometimes you go test somewhere and the track is totally different when we go back to race."

HABERFELD ON VIR RACE AND QUALIFYING RACE: "I think we are making steady improvement. We qualified 11th at Homestead and then fifth at Long Beach. If we can keep improving, we are going to be okay. We are just having some bad luck now. Every time someone has a wreck, it seems like we get a part of it and it ruins our race. But our luck will turn. Our goal at VIR this weekend will be to qualify well so we can stay out of other people's troubles once the race starts. With the qualifying race on Saturday, that should give us an opportunity to be up front on Sunday."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Adrian Fernandez
Teams Hendrick Motorsports