IRL: Kentucky: FR, Fernandez Saturday report

Fernandez on Row Two for Belterra Casino Indy 300 Adrian Fernandez claimed his career-best IRL IndyCar® Series qualifying result this afternoon and will start fourth in Sunday's Belterra Casino Indy 300. Fernandez posted a best lap of 24.7439...

Fernandez on Row Two for Belterra Casino Indy 300

Adrian Fernandez claimed his career-best IRL IndyCar® Series qualifying result this afternoon and will start fourth in Sunday's Belterra Casino Indy 300. Fernandez posted a best lap of 24.7439 215.326 mph on the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway tri-oval, only 0.0791 seconds off the pole position claimed by fellow Honda driver Buddy Rice.

Fernandez will be making his 10th IndyCar Series start in tomorrow's 200-lap race, and will be looking to improve on his career best finish to date of fifth.

Weather: For the start of the first practice session, temperatures at 67 F under sunny skies with variable winds at 3 mph; temperatures hovering at 70 F for the start of the second practice session, with winds out of the north at 9 mph; temperatures at 71 F with 5 mph winds out of the north for qualifying.

Practice Recap: Fernandez held the 12th fastest time in the first of two 45-minute practice sessions with a best lap of 25.0547 212.655 mph; Fernandez improved to claim the third fastest time in the second practice session with a best lap of 24.6913 215.785 mph.

Adrian Fernandez, #5 Quaker State/Telmex/Tecate Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone:

"We had a good day. The car has been fast, and to be starting in the top five will help us for the race tomorrow. I think we have a strong car. It helped to come here and test, so we have our hopes pretty high for this one. Kosuke [Matsuura] is also running pretty strong and hopefully, as a team, we can get to the front."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his first start at Kentucky Speedway and his 10th IRL IndyCar Series start-- has claimed six top-10 results in nine IndyCar Series starts-- recorded best IndyCar Series finish of fifth at Texas-- previous best IndyCar Series starting position was sixth at Milwaukee and Indianapolis-- has made 73 career oval starts to date, claiming 37 top-10 finishes (50%)-- currently sits 12th in the point standings, 20 points out of the top 10-- only competing owner/driver in the IRL IndyCar Series field-- enters his 12th season of major open-wheel competition-- is the only Mexican driver to compete on a full-time basis in the IndyCar Series-- 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.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Buddy Rice