CHAMPCAR/CART: Fernandez Racing Portland pre-race notes

Fernandez Racing Freightliner's/G.I. Joe's 200 presented by Texaco CART FedEx Championship Series - Round 8 Portland International Raceway - Portland, Oregon - June 22-24 Circuit: 1.969-mile Permanent Road Course Broadcast: Sunday, June 24 -...

Fernandez Racing
Freightliner's/G.I. Joe's 200 presented by Texaco
CART FedEx Championship Series - Round 8
Portland International Raceway - Portland, Oregon - June 22-24 Circuit: 1.969-mile Permanent Road Course

Broadcast: Sunday, June 24 - ESPN Live 4:00 pm ET

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

* Will be making his eighth Champ Car appearance at Portland

* Has claimed points-paying finishes in six of seven starts at Portland

* Recorded best finish of fourth in 1999; best starting position was fifth in 1999

* Finished 12th last year after starting 10th

On Portland: "I have always enjoyed coming to Portland. I like both the city and the track. Last year I unfortunately got involved in the crash at the first turn, but I was able to continue and finish 12th. I always seem to have a very good setup for Portland, and I'm looking forward to this weekend. While we didn't have a fantastic race in Detroit, I truly believe that we are getting better and better. I hope both Shinji and I have a good result this weekend."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his 132nd 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 CART field - recorded last Champ Car win eight races ago in Australia - led the series in both laps and miles completed in 2000, en route to recording 17 points-paying finishes - fifth most-winning driver in the current CART field.

Shinji Nakano, #52 Avex/Alpine Honda/Reynard/Firestone:

* Will be making his second Champ Car appearance at Portland

* Finished 11th last year after starting 21st

* Currently leads the series in laps completed - 877 out of 883

On Portland: "Portland is more like a European circuit and this is one of the reasons that I like it. My engineer Martin [Pare] and I are really working well together and the car has been good. We are learning more and more of each other every race. For this weekend, we need to have a good strategy and not make any mistakes. Right now I have to wish for a little more luck as well. If we put everything together, the results will come."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his 24th career Champ Car start - is in his sophomore season of Champ Car competition with three 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.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Shinji Nakano