CHAMPCAR/CART: Mont?rr?y: Bridgestone Friday qualifying report

Fernandez Thrills Fans with Provisional Pole in Bridgestone's Official Debut Adrian Fernandez set off a jubilant celebration in his native Mexico today by capturing the provisional pole position for Sunday's race, in the first official CART ...

Fernandez Thrills Fans with Provisional Pole in Bridgestone's Official Debut

Adrian Fernandez set off a jubilant celebration in his native Mexico today by capturing the provisional pole position for Sunday's race, in the first official CART competitive session with Bridgestone tires.

Fernandez, in the Fernandez Racing Honda/Lola on Bridgestone Potenzas, ran a best lap of 1 minute, 18.929 seconds (95.965 mph) to earn the first championship point of the season. Under new CART qualifying rules, Fernandez is guaranteed to start no worse than second in Sunday's race, no matter the outcome of Saturday's final qualifying session.

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: "What a memorable way for Bridgestone to kick off its participation in CART! Helping Adrian to the provisional pole in front of his most avid fans certainly was thrilling. We hope the rest of the season can create as much excitement as today's session has. The track surface here at Fundidora Park is still slick, but is getting better as expected. It will continue to improve as more rubber is laid down through the weekend."

Quote from Adrian Fernandez, Fernandez Racing Honda/Lola/Bridgestone: "I thought we were running good, but not that good. I tell you, Don Halliday (team partner) was riding with me all of the time. He was telling me on the radio, 'Be patient, be smooth.' He was talking to me on the (fast) lap and was just calming me down. I just couldn't believe it. I knew the lap was very close. When he told me, 'P-2, P-2 no, no, no, P-1!' I was like, 'Wow!' The guys were here working on the car until about midnight last night and it was a great team effort. I'm very proud of them."

Qualifying session temperatures ranged from 112 to 120 degrees track and 85 to 88 degrees ambient (F).

Qualifying session temperatures ranged from 44 to 49 degrees track and 29 to 31 degrees ambient (C).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez