IRL: Texas II: Fernandez Racing Friday report

Fernandez 12th in Chevy 500 Qualifying Adrian Fernandez has qualified 12th for the Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. MBNA Pole Qualifying was held this afternoon, on the opening day of IRL IndyCar® Series track activities, following a one-hour...

Fernandez 12th in Chevy 500 Qualifying

Adrian Fernandez has qualified 12th for the Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. MBNA Pole Qualifying was held this afternoon, on the opening day of IRL IndyCar® Series track activities, following a one-hour morning practice session. Fernandez will be making his second career start on the 1.5-mile oval this Sunday. He qualified ninth and finished fifth in the Bombardier 500 held at Texas Motor Speedway in June.

Fernandez heads into Sunday's 200-lap race on a hot streak, after winning the last two, and three of the last five IndyCar Series races. He is currently fourth in the championship standings.

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

"They changed the qualifying format so we qualified today, on the first [practice] day, for this race. I think the car feels good. On the last lap, I had a moment coming out of [Turn] Four. The sun is in your face right there. I was trying to stay tight and went onto the apron and almost lost the car. Obviously there are a few cars faster than us, but the race is what is important. I see Tony [Kanaan] is very close to us on the grid, and I think the position that we have should be good for another strong showing from Fernandez Racing."

FAST FACTS: Has won the last two, and three of the last five IndyCar Series events, claiming victory at California, Chicagoland and Kentucky Speedways-- added a second-place result at Pikes Peak International Raceway on August 22-- has moved into fourth place in the championship standings despite missing the season-opening race-- will be making his second career start at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend and his 15th IRL IndyCar Series start-- started ninth and finished fifth at Texas in June-- 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-- seven of his 11 major open-wheel wins have been on ovals (Fontana 2004/1999, Chicagoland 2004, Kentucky 2004, Rio 2000, Japan 1998/1999)-- has made 78 career oval starts to date, claiming 42 top-10 finishes (54%)-- major open-wheel career record includes 192 starts with 102 top-10 results (53%) and 45 top-five finishes (23%)-- 41 years old from Mexico City-- currently resides in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

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