Fernandez fifth quick in provisional qualifying. Adrian Fernzndez ended up fifth in provisional qualifying for the G.I. Joe's 200 as light rain fell intermittently at Portland International Raceway this afternoon. Fernandez, who was third...
Fernandez fifth quick in provisional qualifying.
Adrian Fernzndez ended up fifth in provisional qualifying for the G.I. Joe's 200 as light rain fell intermittently at Portland International Raceway this afternoon. Fernandez, who was third quickest overall after the two morning practice sessions, was held up on his final and potentially quickest lap of the qualifying session.
Adrian Fernandez, Owner/Driver -- #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:
"We had a good lap going there towards the end and I was blocked by [Paul] Tracy. I think the car is good. It started raining a little bit but I was able to improve my lap time. I don't know if Paul was making a gap because someone was in front of him or not, but he should have let me by because he wouldn't lose anything there. It's frustrating because we were a tenth off [our lap time at that point] and maybe we could have ended up second."
FAST FACTS: Will be making his 10th Champ Car appearance at Portland and his 168th Champ Car career start-- has finished in the points in six of nine starts at Portland-- best finish at Portland was fourth in 1999; best starting position was fifth in 1999; qualified 15th last year but finished 14th after contact on Lap 87-- currently sits eighth in the championship standings with 43 points-- recorded four top-seven finishes in seven rounds of 2003 competition to date -- second at Long Beach, fourth in Monterrey, Mexico, sixth in Milwaukee and seventh at Laguna Seca-- has qualified seventh or better in all but one race to date [Germany], claiming his best starting position of third in St. Petersburg-- has finished over 50 percent of his 50 Champ Car career road course starts in the top 10-- career best road course finish was a win at Mid-Ohio in 1998; career best road course starts was pole at Monterrey, Mexico, in 2002-- enters his 11th season of Champ Car competition with seven career wins and three pole positions-- 38 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 10th in CART all-time career starts-- has 20 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 finished fifth in qualifying and I think we have a very good car. Conditions were tough with the rain falling on and off. I am confident that we are in good shape for the qualifying tomorrow. We are looking for pole this weekend for sure."