Lowe's Fernandez Racing Sixth after Qualifying Rain Out The first practice session in preparation for the Northeast Grand Prix has set the grid for tomorrow's 2-hour 45-minute race at Lime Rock Park following the cancellation of qualifying...
Lowe's Fernandez Racing Sixth after Qualifying Rain Out
The first practice session in preparation for the Northeast Grand Prix has set the grid for tomorrow's 2-hour 45-minute race at Lime Rock Park following the cancellation of qualifying due to thunderstorms this afternoon. The Lowe's Fernandez Racing driving duo of Adrian Fernandez and Luis Diaz will line up the #15 Lowe's Acura Lola sixth on the grid overall and sixth in the LMP2 class based on a best lap of 46.247 seconds (119.878 mph) set by Fernandez this morning.
Fernandez and Diaz will be making their first career starts on the 1.54-mile, 8-turn permanent road course. With three top-five finishes in five races to date, the pair are currently only seven points out of third place in the championship standings.
The Northeast Grand Prix will be a tape-delay broadcast airing this Sunday at 1:00 pm ET on CBS Sports.
Adrian Fernandez, #15 Lowe's Acura Lola:
"This is definitely one of the bumpiest tracks that I have ever driven. It's challenging because along with being bumpy, it has a lot of concrete patches which have absolutely zero grip. You are driving around the corners trying to find the pavement because that is where you find grip. It makes it very challenging to set up the car, especially for teams that haven't been here before. We tested on Tuesday with Luis and we were able to improve the car a lot since then. When I jumped in the car this morning, the pace was better. We were not too far behind and I thought we could improve the car more for qualifying. Unfortunately, the weather was a factor for everyone today. The last practice session was really a washout with the rain. We went out but there was really nothing to learn. I think we can have a good race. It is going to be very demanding for the drivers because of the bumps and it is hard to keep your hands on the steering wheel. The pits are very tight here so pit strategy is going to be a factor as well. It is such a short track that it is going to be very tricky with the different classes and should be an interesting race where you have to be patient. The team is strong and Luis and I have been working well together. We have to capitalize on our experience as a team to get a good result tomorrow."
Luis Diaz, #15 Lowe's Acura Lola:
"We definitely have improved a lot from the test on Tuesday. My first feeling of the car was that there was a lot more grip overall and we fixed a lot of the problems that we were having with push in the car. The engineers made a great effort and good steps forward towards a good car. We are a lot closer now and anything can happen in this race. I think the smartest guys out there will win the race. We have to be thinking about points because a lot of strong races for us are coming. We have to be smart tomorrow and take as many points as we can. The car now is good enough to challenge for a podium."