Long Beach: Fernandez Racing race report

Lowe's Fernandez Racing Sixth in Long Beach Lowe's Fernandez Racing finished sixth in class and eighth overall in the Tequila Patron American Le Mans Series at Long Beach. It was a disappointing result following a strong showing throughout...

Lowe's Fernandez Racing Sixth in Long Beach

Lowe's Fernandez Racing finished sixth in class and eighth overall in the Tequila Patron American Le Mans Series at Long Beach. It was a disappointing result following a strong showing throughout the weekend including a front row starting position.

Luis Diaz assumed initial driving duties aboard the #15 Lowe's Acura ARX-01b LMP2 prototype, but began to battle understeer in the early stages of the 100-minute race. Due to a series of pit stops, he was shown in the lead when he pitted on Lap 44 (60 minutes into the race) to turn the controls over to Adrian Fernandez.

After the pit stops cycled through, Fernandez was shown third in class and fourth overall with 35 minutes remaining. All hopes for a charge to the front fell by the wayside as Fernandez suffered from both understeer and lack of grip. David Brabham and Scott Sharp brought home the first class victory of the season for Acura.

Fernandez will depart Long Beach this evening for the NASCAR Nationwide Series race in Mexico City tomorrow. The 80-lap race at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez will start at 1:00 pm local time and will be broadcast on ESPN at 10:30 am PST on Sunday. David Green qualified the #5 Lowe's car 32nd this afternoon. However, Fernandez will be starting from the back of the field due to the driver change.

Adrian Fernandez, #15 Lowe's Acura:

"I am very disappointed. We started with a good car for Luis, but when I jumped in we had absolutely no grip on the front of the car. I couldn't turn anywhere. I have no idea what happened. I just didn't have a race car and I was fighting to stay on the track. I was heading to the wall all the time. I just couldn't make the car turn. It doesn't matter if you have a good race car to start the race, you have to have a good car for the whole race. We have to study to see what happened but it was a very disappointing day. I want to say congratulations to Highcroft Racing and Acura on their win today."

Luis Diaz, #15 Lowe's Acura:

"This weekend looked very good for us at the beginning but, for some reason, we were having problems with the car on long runs. The car wasn't that competitive in the race, unfortunately, for reasons I don't know. I had a good start but one of the Porsches passed me. I was being careful with traffic and lost some ground there but I think I did the right thing because, at the end, Adrian was fourth and had a clear shot at the Penskes and Audis. Unfortunately, we couldn't fight at the end. I know we have the team to find out the problem. Once we can sort this out, I know we will be okay because at Sebring we were very good. I am confident we will have a good car for the next race."

-credit: fr

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Series ALMS
Drivers David Brabham , Scott Sharp , Adrian Fernandez , David Green , Luis Diaz