CHAMPCAR/CART: Monterrey: Fernandez Racing Friday report

Fernandez ninth in provisional qualifying. Adrian Fernandez posted the ninth quickest time in first-day qualifying for the Tecate/Telmex Grand Prix of Monterrey. Fernandez, who claimed the seventh-fastest time of the two morning practice ...

Fernandez ninth in provisional qualifying.

Adrian Fernandez posted the ninth quickest time in first-day qualifying for the Tecate/Telmex Grand Prix of Monterrey. Fernandez, who claimed the seventh-fastest time of the two morning practice sessions, was struggling with the balance of his #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex machine.

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

"I think we had a decent day but I am still not 100 percent happy with the car in terms of race setup. It is the same problem that we had in St. Petersburg and a little bit in Sebring. We need to make the rear of the car a lot more forgiving. We need to settle the rear so we can put the power down a lot quicker. It was the same sort of situation in the morning so we have been changing a lot of things.

"The Bridgestone tires have been very consistent, and the track is getting better and better the more we run. It is just a matter of being patient. The times are very close. It is not like we have to look for a second or a second-and-a-half. It is important to able to make those laps and not the way I did it which was throwing the car all over the place. That is not going to last too long for the race. This is qualifying but we need to make sure the car is a little bit more forgiving in that respect.

"It is fantastic to be here in Monterrey. The crowd and the people here have always been very nice and I am very happy to be back here."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his third appearance at Monterrey and his 162nd Champ Car career start-- started on pole last year and finished 13th-- started 19th and finished 19th in 2001-- has finished over half (69%) of his 48 career road course starts in the points-- enters his 11th season of Champ Car competition with seven career wins and three pole positions-- best career road/street course finishes to date are wins in Australia (2000), Mid-Ohio (1998) and Toronto (1996)-- thirty-seven 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-- made Champ Car debut at Long Beach in 1993-- has 19 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.

Gustavo del Campo , Team Manager:

"We had problems with the rear of the car and we need to make a very good analysis of the information because the track is coming in. We need to catch it properly for tomorrow. We have maybe a top-five or top-six race car right now. We need to work on that."

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