Marlboro 500 presented by Toyota CART FedEx Championship Series -- Round 21 California Speedway -- Fontana, California -- November 2 - 4 2.029-Mile Oval AdriÃ¡n FernÃ¡ndez, Owner/Driver -- ...
Marlboro 500 presented by Toyota
CART FedEx Championship Series -- Round 21
California Speedway -- Fontana, California -- November 2 - 4
Adrián Fernández, Owner/Driver -- #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Honda/Reynard/Firestone:
Starting: 26th No Time
"There's not much to say. I'm just very disappointed. That's two engines already. I don't know why we are blowing so many engines. It was my second lap and I don't know what the problem is. I have no idea. We didn't go out in the spare car. It's not worth it. This is a good car and it doesn't really matter where you start here."
FAST FACTS: Is the only owner/driver in the current CART field * will be making his 145th career Champ Car start at Fontana * his best oval start in 2001 was third at Chicago * best oval finish to date this season was fifth at Milwaukee * his best road/street course start in 2001 was second at Cleveland * his best road/street course finish this year was third at Toronto and Elkhart Lake * recorded his last win at the 2000 Honda Indy 300 in Australia * has seven career Champ Car wins * finished second in the championship last season * tied for fourth most-winning driver in the current CART field.
Shinji Nakano, #52 Avex/Alpine Honda/Reynard/Firestone:
Qualified: 12th 32.356 = 225.751 mph
"It was a pretty good run. I had a good car. It was actually the best car I have had all weekend. We know we have a good race car for tomorrow and that's more important. It's a long race and we have to think about the race now."
FAST FACTS: Will be making his 37th career Champ Car start at Fontana * his best oval qualifying in 2001 was fifth at Texas * best oval finish to date this season was eighth in Motegi * his best road/street course start in 2001 was ninth at Detroit * his best road/street course finish this year was ninth in Toronto * is in his sophomore season of Champ Car competition with four top-10 finishes to his credit * has the benefit of a teammate for the first time in his CART career * hails from Formula One with 33 F1 starts and nine top-10 finishes in two years of competition.
Tom Anderson, Owner/Team Manager:
"We had a mechanical failure today with Adrian and hopefully that is it for the weekend. We can use some good luck for tomorrow. Shinji had a good run in qualifying today. As I said yesterday, qualifying isn't the important thing here. There are 250 laps and we can play a lot in the draft. The main thing is for the guys to be very careful with the car tonight, making sure we get all the pieces in and that everything is good and tight. If we run all 250 laps tomorrow, I look for both guys on the podium."