Mid-Ohio: Fernandez Racing preview

Mid-Ohio Circuit a Favorite for Lowe's Fernandez Racing The American Le Mans Series (ALMS) heads to the rolling hills of Lexington, Ohio, this week for the Acura Sports Car Challenge at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Both Adrian Fernandez...

Mid-Ohio Circuit a Favorite for Lowe's Fernandez Racing

The American Le Mans Series (ALMS) heads to the rolling hills of Lexington, Ohio, this week for the Acura Sports Car Challenge at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Both Adrian Fernandez and Luis Diaz bring solid credentials to the 2.258-mile permanent road course and their bid for Victory Circle aboard the #15 Lowe's Acura Lola.

Fernandez has finished seventh or better each time he has taken the checkered flag at Mid-Ohio and owns victories in Champ Car (1998) and Grand-Am (2006) competition. Diaz has two podiums to his credit as well with second and third-place drives in the Grand-Am Series in 2005 and 2004 respectively.

Mid-Ohio was the site of the first win for Lowe's Fernandez Racing in sports car competition with a dramatic come-from-behind charge from last on the grid for Fernandez and then-teammate Mario Haberfeld. Following a successful test at Mid-Ohio three weeks ago, Fernandez and Diaz are anxious to return to form this week as they prepare for their seventh start in the ALMS.

Race Notes:

* Circuit -- 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course

* Saturday's ALMS race will be 2 hours 45 minutes (3:15 pm ET start)

* Driver changes: each driver must complete at least 10 laps to be eligible for point awards, and a driver may not drive more than two hours total in the race

Of Note:

* Fernandez owns two victories at Mid-Ohio with wins in Champ Car (1998) and Grand-Am (2006); eight of his 10 career starts at Mid-Ohio have netted top-10 finishes including four top-five results

* Diaz has finished on the podium twice in six career starts at Mid-Ohio with a third-place finish in 2004 and runner-up result in 2005 both in Grand-Am competition

* Lowe's Fernandez Racing claimed its first win in sports car competition at Mid-Ohio in 2006

* Fernandez and Diaz have claimed three top-five LMP2 class results to date this season producing their best finish of second at Sebring

* Fernandez entered sports car competition in 2006 after a successful career at the top levels of open-wheel racing

* Diaz, voted "Driver of the Year" in Mexico in 2006, brings the most sports car racing experience to the team with eight wins in three years of Grand-Am competition

Fernandez on Returning to Mid-Ohio: "I have always enjoyed everything about Mid-Ohio, from the circuit itself to the family atmosphere. I have been racing here for many, many years and have a lot of special memories but our win here last year is definitely at the top of my list because we came from last on the grid [after a penalty]. We had a good test at Mid-Ohio a few weeks ago and I am very confident for this weekend. This is a very technical track and it is great to drive in these cars. We are still working on our first win in this series and it would be great to do it here."

Diaz on Past Success at Mid-Ohio: "This is one of my favorite tracks but I am still looking for my first win here. Both Adrian and I have a lot of experience at Mid-Ohio and the team won here last year. With our test a few weeks ago, I really confident for this weekend. We have had some bad luck in the last race at Lime Rock with a mechanical problem, and hopefully we can show what we are capable of on Saturday."

-credit: fernandezracing

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Series ALMS
Drivers Mario Haberfeld , Adrian Fernandez , Luis Diaz