Honda Drivers Ready for Texas Night Action
Following night-time qualifying on Thursday, a pair of practice sessions at Texas Motor Speedway completed Indy Racing League IndyCar Series preparations for Honda drivers and teams prior to Saturday's Bombardier 500, the first of three night races on the 2004 IRL schedule.
With the complete, 22-car field running in race conditions, large packs of drafting cars ran together throughout both sessions, as drivers and teams planned their strategies for Saturday night's 500-kilometer contest.
Owner/driver Adrian Fernandez led the way for Honda in the afternoon practice, second overall, while Andretti Green Racing's Bryan Herta paced the Honda contingent, and also ran second fastest overall, in the final, twilight session.
The 200-lap race starts at 8 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on ESPN.
Adrian Fernandez (#5 Quaker State/Telmex/Tecate Fernandez Racing Honda): "Honestly, I was just trying to learn my way around the track, trying to get a good reference on the high lines and trying to get comfortable running side-by-side with the other cars. We're trying not to make too many moves and trying to predict what the other guy is going to do. This track is all about respect for the other guys. I was trying to find my lines and trying to get comfortable. That's why I stayed out for as long as I could. I tried to run in traffic, so I could see what the car was doing. Overall, everyone behaved pretty well. It will be an exciting race. Right now we're running during the day, and just like qualifying, the track will be really different for the race. Obviously, the biggest thing that will change will be nighttime and the lighting, but it should be okay."