CHAMPCAR/CART: Patrick Racing Road America pre race notes

Adrian Fernandez is one of the hottest drivers in the CART series over the last 11 races. Starting with the third race of the season he has been on an impressive streak that has seen him score points in 10 of his last 11 contests. Fernandez is...

Adrian Fernandez is one of the hottest drivers in the CART series over the last 11 races. Starting with the third race of the season he has been on an impressive streak that has seen him score points in 10 of his last 11 contests. Fernandez is currently fifth in the FedEx Championship Series standings with 87 points just one point out of fourth place and 12 points out of third. The fifth place position is his highest during the 2000 season. Fernandez has finished ten of 13 races this year (tied for first), each time in the points. He has nine top-10 showings including four top five finishes with a win in Rio. Fernandez has qualified in the top-10 in six of 13 races. He is fourth in laps completed (1729 of 1957) and miles completed (2665.857 of 3087.111), and ninth in laps led (72).

*Fernandez, 35, a native of Mexico, now resides in Paradise Valley, Arizona. He is in his eighth CART season and third with Patrick Racing. Fernandez has six career CART victories and one pole (Michigan oval in 1998)

*The 2000 Motorola 220 will be Fernandez' 119th CART start.

*Fernandez has been very strong at Road America. In seven previous starts he has finished in the top six four times. His best qualifying position is fifth and his best finish is third both in last year.

*Since joining Patrick Racing in 1998, Fernandez has enjoyed his two best CART seasons. He finished sixth in the standings last year with 140 points despite missing four races with an injury. He scored 11 top-six finishes, including two victories (Japan and Fontana). His best season was 1998 when he finished fourth in the standings with 14 top-10 placements including eight top-five showings and two victories`(Japan and Mid-Ohio). Fernandez level of consistency has been among the best in CART. Starting with Fontana in 1997, he has finished sixth or better in 26 of 46 events placing in the top-10 at 32 races and in the points 34 times.

Adrian Fernandez:

"The Tecate/Quaker State/Patrick Racing team has been very consistent since the third race of the season and we have put ourselves into the middle of the FedEx Championship Series title hunt. I expect us to continue to be consistent. I also expect to win more races this year. We just need to improve our qualifying, which I know we can, and then we can finish on the podium and win races."

"I am looking forward to going back to Road America. I have had some very good results there in the past and it is my favorite track to drive. Last year, I almost won the race, but I made a little mistake with Michael (Andretti) and lost a place to Christian (Fittipaldi). I think the Tecate/Quaker State/Patrick Racing team has a good chance at Road American. We are carrying a lot of momentum going into this race. I expect good things."

Patrick Racing Tops Statistical Charts:

Patrick Racing is the only team with two drivers in the top five in the championship standings. Roberto Moreno is third with 100 points, while teammate Adrian Fernandez is fifth with 87 points. Combining the statistics of both drivers, Patrick Racing leads all CART teams in points (187), races finished (19 of 26 starts), laps completed (3489 out of a possible 3914) and miles completed (5366.915 out of a possible 6174.222). They are tied for second in wins (2), third in laps led (203) and tied for fourth in poles (1).

Both Patrick Racing Crews In Top Four In Craftsman Pit Crew Challenge:

A major factor in the consistency and dominance of the Patrick Racing team is the outstanding performance of both crews. Moreno's Visteon/Patrick Racing crew has led the Craftsman Pit Crew Challenge for much of the season and is currently tied for second in the standings with 97 points. Fernandez' Tecate/Quaker State/Patrick Racing crew, which is coming off a first place showing in Mid-Ohio, is now fourth in the standings with 92 points.

Fernandez Second In Budweiser Hard Charger Award Standings:

Adrian Fernandez remains in second place in the Budweiser Hard Charger Award standings. Luis Garcia Jr. holds a 19-point lead over Fernandez, 89-70.

Consistency For Fernandez And Moreno Goes Farther Than This Year:

Both Fernandez and Moreno have been among the most consistent drivers in CART over the last few years. Starting with Fontana in 1997, Fernandez has finished sixth or better in 29 of 49 events placing in the top-10 at 35 races and in the points 37 times. Moreno, over a two-year span, has finished in the top-10 in 14 of his last 26 CART starts and in the points 17 times.

Roberto Moreno, in his seventh CART season and first with Patrick Racing, is having a career year. He is third in the FedEx Championship Series standings with 100 points trailing series leader Michael Andretti by 25 points and Gil de Ferran by six. Moreno led the point's race for the first time in his CART career for almost a month earlier this year. He captured his first career CART victory and pole at Cleveland. Moreno has been among the statistical leaders in every category all season. He has finished nine of 13 races (tied for fourth) each time in the points, with eight top-10 performances including four podium showings. Moreno is third in laps completed (1760 of 1957) and miles completed (2701.058 of 3087.111), and fifth in laps led (131). He has qualified in the top-10 in eight of 14 races, with one pole.

*Moreno, 41, a native of Brazil, now resides in Weston, Florida. He is in his seventh CART season, but is driving full-time for just the third time. This is his first season with Patrick Racing. Moreno has one career CART pole (Cleveland '00) and one career CART victory (Cleveland '00)

*Moreno's last major win was in Birmingham, England in 1988. His last major Championship was the Intercontinental Formula 3000 title also in 1988.

*The 2000 Motorola 220 will be Moreno's 75th CART start.

*This will be the fifth time Moreno has competed in a Champ Car at Road America. In his previous four races his best starting position is third (1985 and 1986) and his best finish is 16th (1985 and 1986). In both '85, his second career CART start, and '86 Moreno led the race before becoming involved in incidents that knocked him from the competition.

*Previously known as "Super-sub" for his ability to take over for injured drivers and produce at a very high level, Moreno is coming off a highly productive 1999 season. He scored points in eight of 13 starts, substituting for Mark Blundell and Christian Fittipalidi, and placed a CART career best 14th in the standings with 58 points. He has finished in the top-10 in 13 of his last 23 CART starts and in the points 15 times.

Roberto Moreno:

"As far as the championship is concerned...that is something the Visteon/Patrick Racing team has to take race-by-race. All the races for the rest of the season, beginning with Elkhart Lake, are important. That is the way it is when you have such a competitive situation like we do in the FedEx Championship Series. There are going to be ups and downs during the season and you just have to try and score as many points as possible whenever you can. If we can do that, at the end of the season the championship will be there."

"The Visteon/Patrick Racing team had a great test at Road America a couple of weeks ago, so I am very confident going into this race. It is a great circuit and I love to drive there. The track is one of the most beautiful in the world and with all the different types of corners and elevation changes, as well as the speed; it is very challenging and fun for the driver. It is a circuit where in my second CART race, in 1985; I qualified well, led the race and almost won."

Patrick Racing General Manager Jim McGee is tops on the all-time wins list for a General-Team Manager/Chief Mechanic with 88. McGee is the only Manager/Chief Mechanic to win a championship in four decades (60's - 90's).

He has at least one victory in each of his last five decades (his 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's and 60's) and a least one victory in each of the last five decades (60's - 00).

Patrick Racing Facts:

Patrick Racing, in its 28th year of competition, is one of the most successful teams in the history of Champ Car racing with 43 victories, three Indianapolis 500 wins and two national championships. U. E. "Pat" Patrick is the co-founder of CART and the "father" of the Dayton Indy Lights Series.

Roberto Moreno, in his seventh CART season and first with Patrick Racing, is having a career year. He is third in the FedEx Championship Series standings with 100 points trailing series leader Michael Andretti by 25 points and Gil de Ferran by six. Moreno led the point's race for the first time in his CART career for almost a month earlier this year. He captured his first career CART victory and pole at Cleveland. Moreno has been among the statistical leaders in every category all season. He has finished nine of 13 races (tied for fourth) each time in the points, with eight top-10 performances including four podium showings. Moreno is third in laps completed (1760 of 1957) and miles completed (2701.058 of 3087.111), and fifth in laps led (131). He has qualified in the top-10 in eight of 14 races, with one pole.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Adrian Fernandez , Roberto Moreno , Christian Fittipaldi , Luis Garcia , Mark Blundell