CHAMPCAR/CART: Vancouver: Fernandez Racing Saturday report

Qualifying struggles in Vancouver leave Fernandez 14th. Adrian Fernandez will make his ninth Champ Car start at the Molson Indy Vancouver from the 14th spot on the grid after final qualifying activities concluded this afternoon. Fernandez was ...

Qualifying struggles in Vancouver leave Fernandez 14th.

Adrian Fernandez will make his ninth Champ Car start at the Molson Indy Vancouver from the 14th spot on the grid after final qualifying activities concluded this afternoon. Fernandez was unable to improve on his time from Friday's provisional qualifying after battling handling problems in both the morning practice and afternoon qualifying session today.

Round 11 of the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford will be broadcast live on Fox Sports en Espanol at 4:00 pm ET Sunday, and shown at 9:30 pm ET on Speed Channel.

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

"Today was a pretty devastating day to be honest. We had a lot of problems with push yesterday and we tried a different differential today. The diff made the car worse. The push was still there but it made the car very loose. We went back to the diff we had yesterday when the car felt better and made some changes, but for some reason the car is still bad. Everyone seems to be picking up time and we just keep going backwards. The car has more push than yesterday. I thought that the track was slower but if you look at the times, everybody is improving. We are definitely doing something wrong and we just don't know what. It is really frustrating. We just have to regroup and see where we are because right now we just don't have a car to even compete in the top 10."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his ninth Champ Car appearance at Vancouver and his 171st Champ Car career start-- was involved in a multi-car late-race crash at Vancouver last year, sustaining two hairline fractures in his left pelvis which sidelined him for the next event at Mid-Ohio-- claimed best result at Vancouver in 2000, finishing third-- best starting position was 10th in 2001-- currently sits seventh in the championship with 69 points-- recorded six top-10 finishes in 10 rounds of 2003 competition to date -- second at Long Beach, fourth in Monterrey, Mexico, sixth in Milwaukee, seventh at Laguna Seca, first in Portland and ninth in Toronto-- has qualified seventh or better in all but three races to date [Germany, Cleveland, Toronto], claiming his best starting position of third in St. Petersburg and Portland-- has finished over 52 percent of his 53 Champ Car career street course starts in the top 10 and has eight street course podiums-- career best street course finishes were wins at Toronto in 1996 and Australia in 2000; career best street course start was second at Denver in 2002-- 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 10th 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:

"Tomorrow is going to be a long day for us. The engineers and Adrian need to put everything down on paper and try to make a decent race car because, at this moment, we don't have a decent race car."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Tom Anderson