IRL: Indy 500: Adrian Fernandez day three report

Short Day for Fernandez at Speedway Weather: Sunny, hot and humid at the start of practice with temperatures at 78 F and winds out of the southwest at 10 mph with gusts of 18 mph. At 4:00 pm, temperatures at 88 F and winds out of the ...

Short Day for Fernandez at Speedway

Weather: Sunny, hot and humid at the start of practice with temperatures at 78 F and winds out of the southwest at 10 mph with gusts of 18 mph. At 4:00 pm, temperatures at 88 F and winds out of the west-southwest at 12 mph with gusts of 21 mph.

Practice Summary: Fernandez went out for an installation check at 2:55 pm, completing three laps. The team returned to the garage to make adjustments to the cockpit area and prepare for practice tomorrow.

Number of Laps: 3 (primary car)

Adrian Fernandez, #5 Investment Properties of America Panoz/Honda/Firestone:

"This is a brand new car, and there were some issues with the seat that we couldn't get right for the day so we just basically did an installation lap and that was it. We didn't have enough time. We didn't want to rush it. Our cars are running fast. Kosuke and Scott did a great job so it looks like we are in shape in that respect. This is a new car and new crew for me, and we want to make sure everything is perfect before we go back out to the track again."

ADRIAN FERNANDEZ FAST FACTS: Will be preparing for his fourth Indianapolis 500 start and 16th IRL IndyCar Series career start-- qualified sixth and finished seventh last year, the highest finishing position by a Mexican driver in the history of the Indianapolis 500-- will be making his first IndyCar Series appearance of the 2005 season-- last IndyCar Series race was Texas on October 17, 2004-- Last drove an IndyCar Series car on December 8, 2004, during a Firestone tire test on the Homestead-Miami Speedway oval-- made his IndyCar Series career debut in 2004, winning three of the last six races to finish fifth in the championship-- last win was at California Speedway on October 3, 2004-- last race contested was the Busch Series race in Mexico City on March 6 where Fernandez finished 10th in his series' debut-- major open-wheel career record includes 193 starts, 11 wins and 25 podiums-- 42 years old from Mexico City, Mexico-- currently resides in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

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