Adrian Fernandez, Owner/Driver -- ...
Adrian Fernandez, Owner/Driver -- #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Honda/Lola/Bridgestone:
"I was having problems at the beginning with the front brakes and, with the cooler conditions, the car was too low. It was really hitting the ground, especially on full tanks. I was locking the wheels and went off a few times. It was a handful. I thought we had the car at the beginning, but after a few laps I knew it was going to be difficult. I tried to stay in contention but it was hard. I didn't have the car today."
Shinji Nakano, #52 Alpine/Mitsuba Honda/Lola/Bridgestone:
"Up until I made contact with [Cristiano] da Matta, the car was okay but it wasn't easy to drive. The car was very nervous, and it was very difficult to control the car. After the contact, it was even more difficult. We need to look at the data today and work hard for the next race to find a good setup. I feel sorry for the incident with da Matta, but I couldn't avoid it. I was trying to give way and I don't think he could stop."
Tom Anderson, Co-Owner/Managing Director:
"I think today was a great success for the new season of CART and for the city of Monterrey, Mexico. The crowd was very large and their enthusiasm was fantastic. We had a day of many small problems, which led to our 13th and 15th positions. The brakes on Adrian's car overheated in traffic and Shinji fought the balance of car until 10 laps from the end when we had fuel pressure problems that we believe at this time were caused by an internal problem in the chassis fuel cell. All and all I am very proud of the team. They have worked very hard with our new Lola, Honda and Bridgestone package. I also realized that we might struggle early in this new season. However we will have two more tests prior to our next race at Long Beach, and I know we will be much stronger there."
Don Halliday, Co-Owner/Technical Director/Race Engineer-Fernandez:
"I suppose it could be said today that we are in a growing period -- growing with the many things we are doing. Adrian obviously originally had some brake problems and when he was running by himself, it was just a general lack of grip. We'll have to work on that and go to Long Beach with hopefully a better result."