Oversteer Limits Fernandez in Motegi Qualifying Adrian Fernandez will be making his second IRL IndyCarÂ® Series start from the ninth row of the grid after being hampered by oversteer in his qualifying run this afternoon. Fernandez, who posted a...
Oversteer Limits Fernandez in Motegi Qualifying
Adrian Fernandez will be making his second IRL IndyCar® Series start from the ninth row of the grid after being hampered by oversteer in his qualifying run this afternoon. Fernandez, who posted a best lap of 27.1362 seconds (201.649 mph) in the Quaker State/Telmex/Tecate Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone, did well to right the car after a big moment in Turn Three on his second qualifying lap due to the loose condition of the #5 machine.
Fernandez is a two-time winner on the 1.5-mile Twin Ring Motegi circuit, scoring back-to-back wins in 1998 and 1999 in CART competition. Fernandez last competed on the oval in 2002. In five career starts, he recorded his best qualifying position of second in 1998.
The 200 lap/300 mile Indy Japan 300 from Twin Ring Motegi will be broadcast live on ESPN2 beginning at 11:30 pm ET on Friday, April 16.
Adrian Fernandez, #5 Quaker State/Telmex/Tecate Panoz G
"We are still learning the car and obviously we made big gains with Kosuke [Matsuura]. Our cars were not identical because we were trying to learn. Now we know some things that really work, so that is good. We made some changes with my car and the car for some reason was not fast. It was very loose through Turn Three. The good news is that we have a good car here with Kosuke. He is starting fourth so we are looking good. For tomorrow, obviously I have a lot of work to do. We just have to take it step by step and learn because there are a lot of things that can happen. My goal is to finish the race and to finish in the top 10 would be very good."
FAST FACTS: Will be making his second IRL IndyCar Series start-- qualified 13th for his IndyCar Series debut at Phoenix, but retired with a broken gearbox after taking the green flag-- has made five career starts at Motegi and recorded back-to-back wins in CART competition in 1998 and 1999-- best qualifying position at Motegi was second in 1998-- holds two additional career oval wins (Rio -- 2000 and Fontana -- 1999) and two pole positions (Milwaukee -- 2002, Michigan -- 1998)-- has made 65 career oval starts, posting 31 top-10 finishes and eight podiums-- 40 years old from Mexico City-- formed Fernandez Racing in the fall of 2000 with Tom Anderson.
Tom Anderson, Co-Owner/Managing Director:
"Adrian's qualifying today showed how much of a difference small changes can make. This morning we had a little too much understeer. We were going to run one more set of tires when a yellow came out for a spin on the race track and cut the session short. That left us with a little bit of indecision as to the amount of change to make, and basically we overcompensated a little bit because the car went from the understeer to neutral to almost a loose condition during the qualifying run. There is no way anyone could carry it when it is loose. We will back up a little bit for the [final] practice this afternoon, and I have no doubt that Adrian will have a good race car for tomorrow."