Mid-Ohio: Fernandez Racing race report

Podium Finish for Lowe's Fernandez Racing at Mid-Ohio Adrian Fernandez and Luis Diaz brought the ...

Podium Finish for Lowe's Fernandez Racing at Mid-Ohio

Adrian Fernandez and Luis Diaz brought the #15 Lowe's Acura ARX home to a third-place class and fifth-place overall result in the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this afternoon. This is the first podium finish of the season for the Lowe's Fernandez team and their fourth career ALMS podium. Fernandez has finished on the podium the past three years at Mid-Ohio with a Grand-Am win in 2006 and a third-place result with Diaz last year.

Diaz started the race but battled understeer throughout his stint, a problem that hindered the team throughout the weekend. He turned the car over to Fernandez fifth in class and seventh overall on Lap 40 -- 50 minutes into the 2 hour 45 minute race.

Fernandez held the pace, running fifth in class and seventh overall as he dealt with a general lack of balance on the #15 machine. The face of the race changed for the team on Lap 68, with just over an hour remaining, when Fernandez made his final pit stop of the day for fuel and tires. Quick work by the team allowed Fernandez to gain a position over the #6 Porsche RS Spyder of Patrick Long.

Following a lengthy yellow period for a fuel fire involving de Ferran Motorsports, Fernandez made a great restart on Lap 80 with 37 minutes remaining to pass fellow Acura driver David Brabham for second-place in class and fourth-overall. A battle ensued among the LMP2 class front-runners and in the end, Fernandez was able to repass Long to take the final spot on the podium.

The next stop for Lowe's Fernandez Racing will be the Generac 500 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., on August 9.

-credit: fr

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Series ALMS
Drivers David Brabham , Adrian Fernandez , Luis Diaz , Patrick Long