CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Fernandez Racing Saturday qualifying report

Adrian Fernandez, Owner/Driver -- ...

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

Qualified: 16th 1:20.756 120.764 mph

"We had a problem with my [primary] car this morning. Over the curbs, I damaged the tub. I made a mistake and tried to use more of the curb and the tub got damaged. We switched to the backup car and suddenly we started to have a lot of problems. It was the speed sensors first which meant that we lost traction control and we lost boost. The boost came back but then, at the end, we didn't have the traction control and the correct boost for qualifying. If you add those together, it was a big problem. Traction control these days helps a lot, and it was hard to drive without it when you are so used to it. This is one of the tracks where you really need traction control. That was a big handicap. We just have to figure out this sensor problem and talk to the supplier because it has done this a few times this year. I am happy for Shinji. He did a good job today."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his 157th Champ Car career start-- only owner/driver in current Champ Car field--currently ranked fifth among active drivers in career wins with seven-- is ranked 10th in CART all-time career starts-- currently sits 14th in the championship with 39 points-- has 47 career road course starts to his credit, finishing over half in the top 10-- three of his seven Champ Car career wins were on road/street circuits -- Australia (2000), Mid-Ohio (1998) and Toronto (1996).

Shinji Nakano, Driver -- #52 Alpine/Mitsuba Honda/Lola/Bridgestone:

Qualified: 9th 1:19.870 122.103 mph

"My car was pretty good for qualifying but it just wasn't fast enough. The team did a good job, so we just need to figure out where we are losing the time. I had a big problem with traffic on my first set of tires and my car wasn't as good on the second outing. I think the tire pressures were a little too high. Tomorrow is another day and hopefully we will have a good race, which we couldn't do in Elkhart Lake. I think I have a decent car for the race."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his 50th career Champ Car start -- Has finished in the points the past seven races, dating back to Portland on June 16-- claimed career-best road course finishes this season -- 10th at Cleveland and ninth at Mid-Ohio-- has made 17 career road course starts, claiming five points-paying finishes-- is in his third season of Champ Car competition, and second year with Fernandez Racing-- currently sits 15th in the championship with 39 points.

Tom Anderson, Co-Owner/Managing Director:

"It was a very competitive day here in Montreal as it has been all year in the CART series. It was disappointing for Adrian. We had electrical problems with some looms that hampered his efforts this afternoon in the backup car. We had to switch from the primary car after the morning session due to some tub damage from the curbing. This was a new car for him this afternoon. With a short practice and fifteen laps, it's pretty hard to get it all right especially when you don't have the full capabilities of the car. Shinji improved considerably from yesterday. With a little bit better track position during qualifying, we might have been able to improve on that and move into the top five. As competitive as it is, we ended up ninth. I am looking forward to an exciting race tomorrow."

For more information, please visit www.fernandezracing.net. For additional information on the CART FedEx Championship Series, please visit www.cart.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Shinji Nakano , Tom Anderson