CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland: Fernandez Racing Saturday report

Fernandez qualifies third for G.I. Joe's 200. Adrian Fernandez will start third in the ...

Fernandez qualifies third for G.I. Joe's 200.

Adrian Fernandez will start third in the #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone for Sunday's G.I. Joe's 200. Today's run marked his career-best qualifying effort on the 1.969-mile permanent road course at Portland International Raceway, and equals his best starting position of the 2003 season in St. Petersburg.

Fernandez, who is currently eighth in the championship point standings, will be looking to improve on his career-best finish to date of fourth at Portland when the green flags drops tomorrow for the 100-lap race. Round Eight of the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford will be broadcast live on CBS and Fox Sports en Espanol beginning at 3:30 pm ET.

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

"It was a good session. It was a matter of timing. The track was a lot quicker with cool conditions. We timed it right with our first set of tires and put a good time but, unfortunately, not enough to get the pole. On our second run, I basically had too much traffic. We were trying to make a gap but if you can't do that in a certain time, the tires are not as fast. We were in that situation when it started to rain there at the end. I am happy with third place. We improved from our fourth-place position yesterday, and I prefer to start third on this track rather than fourth."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his 10th Champ Car appearance at Portland and his168th 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 and Portland-- 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 third in the second qualifying and the car is very good. The rain was a factor. We are confident to finish the race in a good position."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Bobby Rahal , Tom Anderson