AdriÃ¡n FernÃ¡ndez, Owner/Driver -- ...
Adrián Fernández, Owner/Driver -- #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex
Qualified: 9th 62.543 79.836 mph
"Track conditions are not the best right now and the marbles are really horrible. I have never seen so many marbles develop so quickly. I think it is the combination of the other series and our series with the different tire compounds. It is a very fine marble and if you get off line a little bit, you are basically gone. I was on a good lap and I was trying to stay inside because the marbles, where the track is breaking up, are pretty bad. I tried to stay inside and I compensated too much and brushed the wall. I think we have a good car and hopefully we will get into the top five tomorrow."
FAST FACTS: Will be making his 160th Champ Car career start-- best street-course start this season was second at Denver-- best street-course finish this season was fourth at Denver-- only owner/driver in current Champ Car field--currently ranked sixth among active drivers in career wins with seven-- is ranked 10th in CART all-time career starts-- currently sits 14th in the championship with 53 points.
Shinji Nakano, Driver -- #52 Alpine/Mitsuba Honda/Lola/Bridgestone:
Qualified: 11th 62.750 79.573 mph
"This morning we struggled a lot to find the balance for this special track. It is a little bit different from the other street circuits and we had to adjust our setup. We changed a lot for this afternoon and we made progress. In qualifying, I had a pretty good lap going on my second run and the red flag came out. If I could have finished that lap, I think I could have put my name in the top five for sure. That shows that we improved the car a lot for this afternoon. We have a good direction for tomorrow and I have good expectations."
FAST FACTS: Will be making his 53rd career Champ Car start -- has 15 career street-course starts to his credit, posting seven points-paying finishes-- best street-course start this season was third at Denver-- best street-course finish this season was fourth at Toronto-- is in his third season of Champ Car competition, and second year with Fernandez Racing-- currently sits 16th in the championship with 43 points.
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