Adrian Fernandez, Owner/Driver -- ...
Adrian Fernandez, Owner/Driver -- #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Honda/Lola/Bridgestone:
Qualified: 17th 58.546 129.498 mph
"This is very embarrassing to be honest. The car is just nowhere. We are so lost. It is unbelievable. This is the worst performance the team has had since its inception. We have to find some things to make it better. I'm like an accident waiting to happen in every corner. We cannot gain any speed and the car is just not setup properly. There is something that we are missing and we haven't been able to find it. We had some hope for this afternoon and thought something was going to be better but, unfortunately, it didn't work. It's disappointing and I hope we can find something for tomorrow."
FAST FACTS: Will be making his ninth Champ Car appearance at Cleveland and his 154th Champ Car career start-- recorded his best finish of fifth at Cleveland in 1998 after starting 17th-- claimed his best starting position of second at Cleveland last year, but retired with a turbo problem-- has finished half of his eight starts at Cleveland in the top-10-- only owner/driver in current Champ Car field--tied for fourth among active drivers in career wins with seven-- is ranked 10th in CART all-time career starts-- currently sits 13th in the championship with 32 points-- three of his seven Champ Car career wins were on road/street circuits -- Australia (2000), Mid-Ohio (1998) and Toronto (1996).
Shinji Nakano, Driver -- #52 Alpine/Mitsuba Honda/Lola/Bridgestone:
Qualified: 18th 58.559 129.469 mph
"It was a difficult qualifying session. We just couldn't fix the car. We have a lack of grip both front and back. The car has the same feeling, the same tendency, as yesterday. It never changed. It was bad. We have to discuss what direction we are going to go [with changes] for tomorrow. We are missing something for sure and we have to find out what it is. We are just so slow."
FAST FACTS: Will be making his third Champ Car appearance at Cleveland and his 46th career Champ Car start -- started 10th last year but retired with a mechanical problem and was credited with 22nd place -- started 21st in 2000 but retired with a transmission problem and was credited with 15th place -- has made 27 career road/street course starts, claiming eight points-paying finishes including three top-10 results-- is in his third season of Champ Car competition, and second year with Fernandez Racing-- currently sits 16th in the championship with 28 points.
Tom Anderson, Co-Owner/Managing Director:
"Unfortunately, in motor racing, all teams face this situation from time to time. Basically, the good teams are able to respond in a quick manner and others are not. I think this is a true test for Fernandez Racing and not only for tomorrow, but also for our next race in Vancouver. In all due respect to everyone involved, if you miss something by 1.5 seconds in a lot of businesses, nobody notices. In motor racing that can be the difference between success and failure. We have to totally concentrate our efforts and thoughts this evening between the two sides. Both cars are comparable. I have ruled out any possibility regarding fault to the drivers. I don't believe we are giving them a proper race car. Hopefully, through the information we have acquired last year and this weekend, we will setup in the morning to where we can be competitive here for our sponsors and our fans. Thank goodness Cleveland is a track where you can pass. This evening and tomorrow will be very interesting."