CHAMPCAR/CART: Chicago Patrick Racing pre-race notes

Adrian Fernandez will be attempting to extend a streak that has seen him finish in the points in eight of his last nine races this weekend at the Target Grand Prix. He has overcome a problem plagued start of the season to come on strong and move...

Adrian Fernandez will be attempting to extend a streak that has seen him finish in the points in eight of his last nine races this weekend at the Target Grand Prix. He has overcome a problem plagued start of the season to come on strong and move into the midst of the FedEx Championship Series title hunt. Fernandez is sixth in the FedEx Championship Series standings with 69 points. He is just six points out of fourth and 11 out of third.

*Fernandez has qualified in the top-10 in seven of 11 races this year. He has finished eight of 11 races, placing in the top-10 seven times, including a win in Rio. He has finished in the points eight times. Fernandez is sixth in prize money, laps and miles completed; and eighth in laps led.

<pre> 2000 FEDEX CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES SEASON: RACE S F Miami 3 21 Nazareth 9 5 Long Beach 4 24 Rio 16 1 Japan 15 10 Milwaukee 10 8 Detroit 13 21 Portland 10 12 Cleveland 9 7 Toronto 9 2 Michigan 12 6

*Fernandez, 35, a native of Mexico, now resides in Paradise Valley, Arizona. He is in his eighth CART season and third with Patrick Racing. Fernandez has six career CART victories and one pole (Michigan oval in 1998)

*The 2000 Target Grand Prix will be Fernandez' 117th CART start.

*This will be the first time Fernandez has competed on the one-mile Chicago Motor Speedway oval. He missed last year's inaugural Target Grand Prix with a fractured radius of the right forearm suffered in practice at the Detroit Grand Prix. The injury required surgery to insert 11 pins.

*Since joining Patrick Racing in 1998, Fernandez has enjoyed his two best CART seasons. He finished sixth in the standings last year with 140 points despite missing four races with an injury. He scored 11 top-six finishes, including two victories (Japan and Fontana). His best season was 1998 when he finished fourth in the standings with 14 top-10 placements including eight top-five showings and two victories`(Japan and Mid-Ohio). Fernandez level of consistency has been among the best in CART. Starting with Fontana in 1997, he has finished sixth or better in 26 of 46 events placing in the top-10 at 32 races and in the points 34 times.

PATRICK RACING NOTES:

Adrian Fernandez Quotes:

"The Tecate/Quaker State/Patrick Racing team is in a good position right now as far as the championship. We just need to keep finishing races and scoring points. If we stay near the top of the points race I know we have the ability to make a run at the championship."

"This is the first time I will be racing at Chicago Motor Speedway. Last year I missed the race because of the injury to my arm. However, The Tecate/Quaker State/Patrick Racing team had a good test at Chicago Motor Speedway so we have a lot of data going into this race. From the test, the track seems nice and I am confident we will have a good race. It is a different kind of short oval. The corners are tighter and with the new aerodynamic package, hopefully it will be an exciting race. It is going to be tough to pass so qualifying is going to be very important. Race strategy and pit work will also be key, so I have something of an advantage with Mr. Patrick and John Ward calling my race, and the work of the Tecate/Quaker State/Patrick Racing team, which is one of the top pit crews in the series. "

PATRICK RACING NOTES:

Patrick Racing Tops Statistical Charts:
Combining both Roberto and Adrian's statistics, Patrick Racing, as a team, is first in points and prize money; second in wins, laps and miles completed; and third in laps led.

Patrick Racing Tops Standings For Fifth Time In Last Six Years:
Patrick Racing has led the championship race five of the last six years.

Patrick Racing Leads Craftsman Pit Crew Challenge:
Patrick Racing is second and seventh in the Craftsman Pit Crew Challenge. The Visteon/Patrick Racing crew has 77 points, while the Tecate/Quaker State/Patrick Racing crew has 65.

McGee Holds Record For Most Wins:
Patrick Racing General Manager Jim McGee is tops on the all-time wins list for a General-Team Manager/Chief Mechanic with 88. McGee is the only Manager/Chief Mechanic to win a championship in four decades (60's - 90's). He has at least one victory in each of his last five decades (his 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's and 60's) and a least one victory in each of the last five decades (60's – 00).

Patrick Racing Facts:
Patrick Racing, which is entering its 28th year of competition, is one of the most successful teams in the history of Champ Car racing with 43 victories, three Indianapolis 500 wins and two national championships. U. E. "Pat" Patrick is the co-founder of CART and the "father" of the Dayton Indy Lights Series.

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