CHAMPCAR/CART: Brands Hatch: Fernandez Racing Sunday report

Fernández sixth on the grid at Brands Hatch Adrian Fernandez will start sixth in tomorrow's inaugural London Champ Car Trophy, Round Four of the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. Fernandez, who was eighth on the...

Fernández sixth on the grid at Brands Hatch

Adrian Fernandez will start sixth in tomorrow's inaugural London Champ Car Trophy, Round Four of the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. Fernandez, who was eighth on the provisional grid yesterday, was able to improve on his previous time by four-tenths [of a second]. This is his fourth consecutive top-seven qualifying effort this year.

Fernandez finished second at the last CART Champ Car event at Long Beach and currently sits fourth in the driver standings. With only a 10-point deficit to second place, Fernandez will be chasing valuable championship points tomorrow. Monday's 165-lap race will mark 14 years since Fernandez has competed on the legendary Brands Hatch circuit [1989 RAC British Formula Ford 1600 Championship].

Adrian Fernandez , Owner/Driver -- #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

"We improved from yesterday - not much, four tenths. We still have a lot of push in the car, something that we haven't been able to battle. I think the car is an improvement from yesterday. It's a long day tomorrow but I think we have a good shot. I think sixth is a good spot because you can pass on the outside of Paddock [Turn One]. We have been consistently in these [qualifying] positions the past few races and I know we can get a good result from here. Right now it is a matter of thinking about the race. It is going to be a lot of laps and pit stops are going to be crucial especially because the pits are very tight, very narrow. There are a lot of possible mistakes that can happen so we have to be very careful there. Strategy is going to be very important because passing is going to be difficult, but some cars will go off and that will be the opportunity. Still, it is going to be difficult. Pit strategy is going to be important and fuel mileage is going to be extremely important."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his 164th Champ Car career start-- recorded two top-five finishes in three rounds of 2003 competition to date - second at Long Beach and fourth in Monterrey, Mexico-- has qualified seventh or better in each race this year, claiming his best starting position of third at St. Petersburg-- has finished half (51%) of his 49 Champ Car career road course starts in the top 10-- enters his 11th season of Champ Car competition with seven career wins and three pole positions-- only one of his seven career wins was on a road course - Mid-Ohio in 1998-- thirty-seven years old from Mexico City-- formed Fernandez Racing in the fall of 2000 with Tom Anderson-- only competing owner/driver in the series-- is the third most-winning driver in the current Champ Car field-- ranked 11th in CART all-time career starts-- has 20 Champ Car career podiums to his credit-- last win was at Australia in 2000-- last pole position was at Milwaukee in 2002-- looking for his first win as an owner/driver-- the last win by an owner/driver was in 1992 when Bobby Rahal won at Nazareth.

Gustavo del Campo , Team Manager:

"We qualified sixth which is a good start for tomorrow. We are near the front. It is a good result for the team because they have been working very hard. Hopefully it will be like Long Beach where we had a good car at the end to finish the race strong."

Weather Conditions: Sunny, 70º F

For more information, please visit www.fernandezracing.net. For additional information on the Champ Car World Series, please visit www.champcarworldseries.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Bobby Rahal , Tom Anderson