Fernandez Returns to Familiar Ground in IRL's Milwaukee Debut The IRL IndyCarÂ® Series will be making its first-ever visit to the historic Milwaukee Mile this weekend for the Menards AJ Foyt Indy 225. For Adrian Fernandez, the series' only ...
Fernandez Returns to Familiar Ground in IRL's Milwaukee Debut
The IRL IndyCar® Series will be making its first-ever visit to the historic Milwaukee Mile this weekend for the Menards AJ Foyt Indy 225. For Adrian Fernandez, the series' only competing owner/driver, the weekend marks a return to familiar territory. Fernandez has been competing on the world's oldest operating motor speedway since 1992, when he won the Firestone Indy Lights Championship race that year after starting from pole position. Since then, Fernandez has amassed 11 major open-wheel starts on the challenging one-mile oval claiming his best finish of second in 2002 after starting from the pole.
Fernandez will be looking to extend his streak of five consecutive top-10 finishes when the 225-lap race gets underway this Sunday.
* Will be making his 12th career major open-wheel start at The Milwaukee Mile and his eighth IRL IndyCar Series career start
* Major open-wheel career record at Milwaukee includes three top-five finishes and seven top-10 finishes in 11 starts
* Recorded his best results at Milwaukee in 2002, starting on pole and finishing second
* Claimed the fifth fastest time in the IndyCar Series Open Test at Milwaukee last month
* Has posted five consecutive top-10 finishes in the last five IndyCar Series events
* Best IndyCar Series finish to date was fifth at Texas
* Best IndyCar Series starting position was sixth at the Indianapolis 500
* Has made 71 career oval starts to date, claiming 36 top-10 finishes (51%)
* Currently sits 12th in the championship standings, only 16 points out of the top 10 despite missing the season-opening race in Florida
Adrian Fernandez, #5 Quaker State/Telmex/Tecate Panoz G
"I have been racing at the Milwaukee Mile for a long time, and I always look forward to coming here. I like racing at this track and I feel very positive about our chances for this weekend. It is a track that we know as a team, and we had a good test here last month. Milwaukee will be our third short-oval race this season, and we have learned a lot of things about the car and definitely have made some gains heading into the weekend. We have shown consistency in finishing the last five races in the top 10, but we need to break into the top three. I think we can do that this weekend."