Fernandez Sews up Bridgestone's First Pole Position in CART Competition
With an assist from Mother Nature, Adrian Fernandez retained the pole position for Sunday's race in his home country - much to the delight of the soggy Mexican fans on hand. Rain soaked the Fundidora Park course shortly before today's session began and kept up throughout qualifying, assuring no one would surpass the provisional pole time Fernandez clocked Friday.
Fernandez, driving the Honda/Lola on Bridgestone tires for his namesake team, earned the second pole position of his CART career and even added a bonus point in the season championship by setting the fastest lap of the few who attempted qualifying today. New CART qualifying rules award a point to the fastest driver on each of the qualifying days at road and street events.
Starting beside Fernandez on the front row Sunday will be Dario Franchitti, in the Team Green Honda/Reynard/Bridgestone. This weekend's event marks the debut of the Bridgestone Motorsport program in CART FedEx Championship Series competition. Bridgestone is the Official Tire of CART in 2002 and supplies all cars on the grid with Potenza racing radials.
Quote from Joe Barbieri, Bridgestone Motorsport Project Supervisor: "While we are disappointed the weather took away some of the excitement we had anticipated for today's session, Bridgestone is certainly happy that one of Mexico's native sons captured the pole position in his home race. It also makes Adrian the first Bridgestone pole winner in CART, a feat that we will long remember and appreciate. We're hopeful that the weather will be more cooperative tomorrow and give these enthusiastic fans the exciting race they deserve."
Qualifying session temperatures ranged from 72 to 77 degrees track and 71
to 75 degrees ambient (F).
Qualifying session temperatures ranged from 22 to 26 degrees track and 21 to 24 degrees ambient (C).