CHAMPCAR/CART: Fernandez Racing Vancouver preview

Molson Indy Vancouver CART FedEx Championship Series -- Round 15 Concord Pacific Place -- Vancouver, British Columbia -- August 31-Sept. 2 Circuit: 1.781-mile Temporary Street Course Adrian Fernandez, Owner/Driver -- ...

Molson Indy Vancouver CART FedEx Championship Series -- Round 15 Concord
Pacific Place -- Vancouver, British Columbia -- August 31-Sept. 2
Circuit: 1.781-mile Temporary Street Course

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

* Will be making his seventh Champ Car appearance at Vancouver * Finished third last year, his best finish at Vancouver, after starting 15th * Best qualifying result was 11th (1996 and 1994) * Missed the 1999 race due to a broken right wrist from an accident at Detroit

"I had a podium at Vancouver last year, but we didn't have a particularly good car. It was very cold and there was very little grip. That was particularly difficult. We don't expect it to be that cold this year. With our Honda/Reynard combination, I believe we should do well there. I love the city -- the atmosphere and the fans. It would be nice to have a second consecutive podium finish this weekend."

FAST FACTS: Is the only owner/driver in the current CART field -- will be making his 139th career Champ Car start at Vancouver --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 -- his best oval start in 2001 was third at Chicago -- best oval finish to date this season was fifth at Milwaukee --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 -- 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 Vancouver * Started 22nd last year but retired after contact on Lap 49 and was credited with 19th place

"Last year was a difficult weekend because the temperatures were very cold. It took over seven or eight laps before you could do a hot lap, and I didn't have enough time to find the right setup. The track is not that easy. There is one really fast corner, a medium speed corner and a few very slow corners. This track has everything and the grip is very low, so it's not easy to set up the car. For this year, I believe we can find a good setup. I have Adrian and Martin [Pare, race engineer], plus I have been doing pretty well on the street courses this year."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his 31st career Champ Car start at Vancouver --his best road/street course start in 2001 was ninth at Detroit -- his best road/street course finish this year was ninth in Toronto -- his best oval qualifying in 2001 was fifth at Texas --best oval finish to date this season was eighth in Motegi --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.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Shinji Nakano