Fernandez Qualifies Sixth in Milwaukee Adrian Fernandez will make his 12th major open-wheel career start at the historic Milwaukee Mile from Row Three of the grid after qualifying the ...
Fernandez Qualifies Sixth in Milwaukee
Adrian Fernandez will make his 12th major open-wheel career start at the historic Milwaukee Mile from Row Three of the grid after qualifying the #5 Quaker State/Telmex/Tecate machine in sixth position this afternoon. Today's result ties his IRL IndyCar® Series career best qualifying effort of sixth at the Indianapolis 500. Fernandez, who battled understeer in the practice session prior to MBNA Pole Qualifying, claimed his best results on the one-mile oval in 2002, starting on pole and finishing second. He will be looking to extend his streak of five consecutive top-10 finishes when the 225-lap race gets underway tomorrow.
Weather: For the 30-minute morning practice session, temperatures at 66 F under mostly sunny skies with winds out of the east at 10 mph; for qualifying, temperatures at 69 F under cloudy skies and winds out of the southeast at nine mph.
Practice Recap: Fernandez was 10th in the morning practice session after struggling with understeer. He posted a best lap of 22.1386 165.051 mph.
Adrian Fernandez, #5 Quaker State/Telmex/Tecate Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone:
"We didn't have a very good first session this morning. The car was not very good, so we made some changes and the car was pretty good in qualifying. Actually, it surprised me how stable the car was. I think I could have got a little more but, in general, I'm pretty happy with the speed we were able to do in qualifying. It was around two-tenths [of a second] quicker than what we have been doing all weekend. For tomorrow, it is going to be a good race. I think there are a lot of strong cars out there. This is never an easy track, but I think we have a shot at it."