Fernandez Second Quickest as Teammate Claims Top Spot Weather: At the start of practice (12:15 pm CT), 77F and cloudy with winds out of the south at 13 mph; temperatures in upper 70s mid-afternoon with overcast skies and southwest winds at 10...
Fernandez Second Quickest as Teammate Claims Top Spot
Weather: At the start of practice (12:15 pm CT), 77F and cloudy with winds out of the south at 13 mph; temperatures in upper 70s mid-afternoon with overcast skies and southwest winds at 10 mph; at 3:00 pm, winds out of the south at 14 mph with temperatures at 81F; sunny skies and 83F with 13 mph winds out of the southwest at 5:00 pm.
Practice Summary: Fernandez began his first practice run at 12:45 pm and was the first driver to hit the 220 mph mark today with a lap of 220.007 mph on his 11th lap; Fernandez returned to the garage at 2:00 pm still holding the top spot on the speed charts; Fernandez went out for his second and final run of the day at 3:50 pm and was still shown as the only driver to hit the 220 mph mark at that point; Fernandez concluded practice at 5:40 pm.
Number of Laps: 85
Fastest Speeds of the Day:
1. Kosuke Matsuura 220.784 mph
2. Adrian Fernandez 220.007 mph
Adrian Fernandez, #5 Quaker State/Telmex/Tecate Panoz G
"We had another good day. Still, even though we were the fastest two guys today, that doesn't mean anything. In race trim, we are still not as I would like to be but it is not bad also. It is hard to judge from what everyone else is doing. There are two or three cars out there that look pretty strong. We have two more days to make sure that we can find a better balance."
FAST FACTS: Qualified sixth for the Indianapolis 500-- has made two IRL IndyCar Series career starts (Phoenix and Japan)-- last competed in the Indianapolis 500 in 1995, and was credited with 21st place after retiring with an engine problem-- made one additional start at Indianapolis in 1994, but a cut tire resulted in suspension damage and Fernandez was unable to finish-- best qualifying position at Indianapolis was 25th in 1995-- enters his 12th season of major open-wheel competition-- has 66 career oval starts to his credit, posting 31 top-10 finishes and eight podiums-- four of his eight major open-wheel wins have been on ovals (Rio 2000, Fontana 1999, Japan 1998/1999)-- last victory was in June of 2003 at Portland -- his first as an owner/driver-- 41 years old from Mexico City-- currently resides in Paradise Valley, Arizona.
Tom Anderson, Co-Owner/Managing Director:
"It was another good day for the Quaker State/Telmex/Tecate team. Dealing with the changing track conditions is something that we will have to do on race day, so today was an ideal day. The Indianapolis weather provided multiple changes during the day which could very well be like it is on race day. A lot of traffic out there, and there were times when the car was good and times when the car was bad. Overall, I think we had a very good day. We gathered a lot of information and everything looks reliable so we are going in a forward direction and I look forward to finalizing our race setups over the next few days."