CHAMPCAR/CART: Laguna Seca: Fernandez Racing race report

Fernandez finishes seventh in Grand Prix of Monterey. Adrian Fernandez managed a seventh-place finish after a frustrating day in the Grand Prix of Monterey at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway. Fernandez, who was fifth on the grid, moved into fourth ...

Fernandez finishes seventh in Grand Prix of Monterey.

Adrian Fernandez managed a seventh-place finish after a frustrating day in the Grand Prix of Monterey at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway. Fernandez, who was fifth on the grid, moved into fourth position at the start. Unfortunately, problems during two of three pit stops cost the team a top-five result this afternoon.

Fernandez, who is eighth in the championship point standings, will be back behind the wheel of the #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone next weekend for the G.I. Joe's 200 at Portland International Raceway, Round Eight of the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.

Adrian Fernandez, Owner/Driver -- #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

"It was just a frustrating day. We had a great start. We were up to fourth and holding there with Bruno [Junqueira]. We had a bad [first] pit stop and we dropped two positions. Our second stop was also slow. Something happened there and again we were slow. Going into the first corner after the stop, I braked a little too late, locked up the front wheels and lost another two positions. I passed [Oriol] Servia on the track but we lost it again [to him] in the pits. It was just not a good day. It's frustrating because we should have finished in the top four for sure. The car was good. We just didn't capitalize on the opportunity we had in hand and seventh place is not where we should have finished today."

FAST FACTS: This was his 11th Champ Car appearance at Laguna Seca and his 167th Champ Car career start-- best finish at Laguna Seca was fifth in 1999; best starting position was fifth this weekend-- recorded four top-seven finishes in seven rounds of 2003 competition to date -- second at Long Beach, fourth in Monterrey, Mexico, sixth in Milwaukee and seventh today-- has qualified seventh or better in all but one race to date [Germany], claiming his best starting position of third in St. Petersburg-- has finished 50 percent of his 50 Champ Car career road course starts in the top 10-- enters his 11th season of Champ Car competition with seven career wins and three pole positions-- 38 years old from Mexico City-- formed Fernandez Racing in the fall of 2000 with Tom Anderson-- only competing owner/driver in the series-- is the third most-winning driver in the current Champ Car field-- ranked 11th in CART all-time career starts-- has 20 Champ Car career podiums to his credit-- last win was at Australia in 2000-- last pole position was at Milwaukee in 2002-- looking for his first win as an owner/driver-- the last win by an owner/driver was in 1992 when Bobby Rahal won at Nazareth.

Gustavo del Campo, Team Manager:

"We finished in seventh. It was good that we finished but we need to review what happened with the pit stops. We had a problem with the fuel tank and we lost a lot of positions. The series is very competitive and you don't have room to make a small mistake. We had a problem with the pit equipment that we need to look at. We had a good car and we should have been there at the front."

For more information, please visit www.fernandezracing.net. For additional information on the Champ Car World Series, please visit www.champcarworldseries.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Bobby Rahal , Tom Anderson