CHAMPCAR/CART: Fernandez Racing Friday practice recap

Fernandez Racing Friday Practice Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Long Beach, California -- April 6 -- 8, 2001 Circuit: 1.968-mile temporary street course Race: 82 laps/161.38 miles Broadcast: Sunday, April 8 -- ABC Live 4:00 pm EST Adrian ...

Fernandez Racing Friday Practice
Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
Long Beach, California -- April 6 -- 8, 2001

Circuit: 1.968-mile temporary street course
Race: 82 laps/161.38 miles
Broadcast: Sunday, April 8 -- ABC Live 4:00 pm EST

Adrian Fernandez, Owner/Driver -- #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Honda/Reynard:

Practice: 25th Fastest Overall 69.752 101.571 mph

"Basically I made a mistake with my primary car. We had been making improvements, and we were running in the top 10 at the time. I was having problems with my brakes, and I was trying to find my limits and just went too deep into the turn and crashed. It was one of those situations where I thought I could make it, and I didn't. The spare car didn't have the gears and some of the changes we had made to the primary car so we didn't get to the next step in terms of the setup the rest of the session.

"Shinji ran really well, and I think we can learn from what he did today. We just really have to make the car better under braking, which I think is my major problem right now, and hopefully we will be in good shape tomorrow."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his 127th career Champ Car start... has seven career Champ Car wins...is coming off a career-best season with a second-place finish in the championship...only owner/driver in the current field...last road course victory was in Australia last year...led the series in both laps and miles completed en route to recording 17 points-paying finishes in 2000... fifth most-winning driver among the current CART field.

Shinji Nakano, Driver -- #52 Avex/Alpine Honda/Reynard:

Practice: 13th Fastest Overall 68.845 102.909 mph

"The car was basically okay. This morning I had to learn the track and at the same time, I had to work on setting the car up. I don't have any complaints about the setup at the moment. On this kind of circuit, the track conditions are constantly changing and we just have to keep working. We have a good baseline for tomorrow.

"I like the track. It's important here to find the right braking points and you have to take care of the tires. And, on this kind of circuit, you have to be patient."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his 19th career Champ Car start...enters his sophomore season of Champ Car competition with a pair of top-10 finishes to his credit...has the benefit of a teammate for the first time in his CART career...best career road course finish in 2000 was eighth at Houston...hails from Formula One with 33 starts and nine top-10 finishes in two years of competition.

Tom Anderson, Owner/Team Manager:

"Obviously we were not where we wanted to be with the #51 car in the tires. I don't really know why yet, so we are going to take a good look at everything and see, with John Ward and Adrian, what exactly happened there. The damage is light, and we should be able to have it for a back-up car on Sunday.

"On the #52 side, everything is very good. I think that Shinji and Martin [Pare] are working well together, and we are really looking more towards qualifying tomorrow."

-Fernandez Racing-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Shinji Nakano , Tom Anderson