CHAMPCAR/CART: Mont?rr?y: Honda Saturday qualifying notes

Fernandez Snares Monterrey Pole In both rain and shine, Adrian Fernandez continues to be the man to beat as the native Mexican snared his first CART pole since becoming an owner driver last season, and accomplished the feat before thousands of...

Fernandez Snares Monterrey Pole

In both rain and shine, Adrian Fernandez continues to be the man to beat as the native Mexican snared his first CART pole since becoming an owner driver last season, and accomplished the feat before thousands of his countrymen at an event sponsored by his team's primary backers.

Fernandez earned one championship point by being fastest in yesterday's sunny first qualifying round. Today, Fernandez and engineer Don Halliday today decided to make an early qualifying run, despite light rain and what appeared to be clearing weather. And when instead of clearing, the shower turned into a steady rain, the decision proved to be brilliant and earned Fernandez another championship point as the fast qualifier.

With no one able to improve on their first round qualifying time, Dario Franchitti will make it an all-Honda front row for tomorrow's Grand Prix of Monterrey, while the other starting positions throughout the 20-car field also remain unchanged.

Adrian Fernandez (#51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Fernandez Racing Honda) pole qualifier, his second career pole and first since becoming a team owner/driver in 2001: "We made the decision before the start of qualifying that if it rained, we still would go out for five laps. It took just about four laps to find all the puddles and the best way around, but then I was able to put a time in and pit just as it started to rain harder. But to have our first pole as a team, here in Mexico, I can't begin to describe to you how important this day is to us. It's just fantastic."

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