CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Fernandez Racing Saturday report

Qualifying struggles hinder Fernandez in Montreal. Adrian Fernandez will start 16th for Sunday's Molson Indy Montreal, Round 14 of the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. Handling problems with the ...

Qualifying struggles hinder Fernandez in Montreal.

Adrian Fernandez will start 16th for Sunday's Molson Indy Montreal, Round 14 of the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. Handling problems with the #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone hampered his efforts in final qualifying this afternoon with Fernandez fighting the balance of the car as well as an overall lack of grip.

The 75-lap/203.175-mile race will be broadcast live on Fox Sports en Espanol at 2:00 pm ET this Sunday, and shown on Speed Channel at 9:30 pm ET with a pre-race show beginning at 9:00 pm.

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

"Obviously, we are disappointed by the results. We are a little bit lost right now. The balance of the car is not there. The car felt pretty competitive this morning but somehow after we kept running, it just got worse and worse. We were betting on making the car better in qualifying but the car just has no balance. It has no grip. For some reason we got really lost and the car is pretty bad right now. For tomorrow, starting 16th, it will be difficult if you have the car we have at the moment. We need to improve the car if we want to have any hope of being any place in the race because we are really way off the pace."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his second Champ Car start in Montreal and his 174th Champ Car career start-- qualified 16th last year in Montreal, and was credited with 12th place after contact on Lap 70-- best 2003 road course finish was a win in Portland; best start was third in Portland-- two of his eight career wins were on road courses -- Portland in 2003 and Mid-Ohio in 1998-- career-best road course start was pole position at Monterey, Mexico, in 2002-- recorded seven top-10 finishes in 13 rounds of 2003 competition to date-- has qualified seventh or better in seven races to date, claiming his best starting position of third in St. Petersburg and Portland-- currently sits sixth in the championship with 77 points-- has finished over 50 percent of his 55 Champ Car career road course starts in the top 10 and has five road course podiums-- enters his 11th season of Champ Car competition with eight career wins and three pole positions-- 40 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 ninth in CART all-time career starts-- has 21 Champ Car career podiums to his credit-- last win was at Portland on June 22-- last pole position was at Milwaukee in 2002.

Gustavo del Campo, Team Manager:

"We had a very bad day. We qualified in 16th position. We have the same scenario as Cleveland. We are learning but not enough to have a good car on a track like this one or Cleveland. The team is working together very well but we need more experience in this part of the game. Tonight we need to put everything in black and white and take the best choice. For the race, we'll see what happens. We had a good result starting from the back at the last race in Mid-Ohio. We have good pit stops and a good driver so we'll see what happens tomorrow."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Tom Anderson