CHAMPCAR/CART: Diaz to do initial test duties for Fernandez Racing

Luis Diaz to handle initial testing duties for Fernandez Racing. INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (January 17, 2003) - Fernandez Racing will kick off its pre-season testing program with Toyota Atlantic driving talent Luis Diaz putting the ...

Luis Diaz to handle initial testing duties for Fernandez Racing.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (January 17, 2003) - Fernandez Racing will kick off its pre-season testing program with Toyota Atlantic driving talent Luis Diaz putting the #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex machine through its initial paces at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla., on Monday. He will shake down the new Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone package to be piloted by owner/driver Adrian Fernandez as the team prepares for the start of the 2003 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series powered by Ford.

Diaz, 24, of Mexico City, made his Champ Car career debut with Fernandez Racing at the 2002 CART season finale - the Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante - after Fernandez was sidelined due to a fracture of the T2 vertebrae resulting from a multi-car incident in Australia.

"We are happy that Luis will be putting some miles on our new car while further developing his skills," said Fernandez. "He has done a great job for us in the past, and this seat time in a Champ Car is very valuable as he looks towards the future."

Fernandez will make his first on-track appearance of the season at the CART open test to be held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif., on January 25 and 26. He will undergo a follow-up CT scan next week on his injuries, but doesn't anticipate any problems: "This is more of a routine checkup to make super-sure everything is okay. I have been talking with [CART Chief Orthopedic Consultant] Dr. Trammell and he feels very confident that I will be able to participate in the test."

Diaz finished fourth in the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship last season, driving a Telmex/Quaker State-sponsored Swift for Dorricott Racing.

"I am grateful to Adrian and the team for the opportunity to get back behind the wheel of a Champ Car," said Diaz. "My goal is to move up to the Champ Cars one day, and this seat time is so valuable. I spent this week with Adrian and he has been helping me with my fitness and nutrition programs. I have witnessed first hand the hard work he is putting in to get back to 100 percent."

For additional information on Fernandez Racing, please visit www.fernandezracing.net. Additional information on CART can be found at www.cart.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Luis Diaz