CHAMPCAR/CART: Milwaukee: Fernandez Racing Friday report

Fernandez to start fifth in Milwaukee Qualifying rained out Adrian Fernandez will start fifth in Saturday's Milwaukee Mile Centennial 250 after qualifying, scheduled to begin at 8:30 pm CT, was canceled due to severe weather in the Milwaukee...

Fernandez to start fifth in Milwaukee
Qualifying rained out

Adrian Fernandez will start fifth in Saturday's Milwaukee Mile Centennial 250 after qualifying, scheduled to begin at 8:30 pm CT, was canceled due to severe weather in the Milwaukee area including a tornado warning which was in effect until 9:00 pm. Tomorrow's grid is based on combined practice times from the three sessions held.

Fernandez will be making his 11th Champ Car start at Milwaukee in CART's first night race at the historic circuit. He finished second last year after starting from the pole and is looking for his first Champ Car career win on a one-mile oval.

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

"The car wasn't as good today with the high winds but at the same time I think we have a better car for the night. I think we are in good shape. We just need to make the car a bit more stable for the race. Obviously the race will be a completely different experience for everybody. I think we have a good plan and I feel good starting fifth."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his 11th Champ Car start at Milwaukee and his 166th Champ Car career start-- claimed career best short-oval results at Milwaukee last year, starting on pole and finishing second-- recorded two top-five finishes in five rounds of 2003 competition to date -- second at Long Beach and fourth in Monterrey, Mexico-- currently sits seventh in the championship standings with 29 points-- has qualified seventh or better in four of five races to date, claiming his best starting position of third in St. Petersburg-- has finished over half (52%) of his 63 Champ Car career oval 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.

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