Road America: Fernandez Racing preview

Lowe's Fernandez Racing Carries Momentum to Road America One of the world's fastest permanent road courses, Road America is a favorite venue for drivers and race fans alike. The flowing 14-turn, 4.048-mile circuit combines elevation changes with...

Lowe's Fernandez Racing Carries Momentum to Road America

One of the world's fastest permanent road courses, Road America is a favorite venue for drivers and race fans alike. The flowing 14-turn, 4.048-mile circuit combines elevation changes with long straights and fast and slow turns -- characterized by the fast "Carousel" section at Turns 9 and 10, and ultra-fast "Kink" at Turn 11. Lowe's Fernandez Racing will be making its second appearance at the Elkhart Lake, Wis., circuit as the team prepares for the American Le Mans Series' four-hour Generac 500 presented by Time Warner Cable this Saturday.

Team drivers Adrian Fernandez and Luis Diaz both have earned past podium visits at Road America. Fernandez holds a runner-up finish and a pair of third-place drives from Champ Car competition, and Diaz is a former winner in the Atlantic Series. The pair made their sports car debut at the historic circuit last season but a succession of misfortunes in the race -- including an electrical problem at the start which sent the #15 Lowe's machine to the back of the grid and a stop-and-go penalty -- left the team with a sixth-place class and eighth-place overall finish.

Fernandez and Diaz, fresh off a third-place result at Mid-Ohio three weeks ago, have continued to make steady progress this year with the team's #15 Lowe's Acura ARX after switching chassis in the off-season to become a full Acura factory effort. Rebounding from a disqualification* at Sebring in March and the loss of a 26-point second-place finish, they continue to narrow the gap in the championship standings and are currently 21 points outside the top three in sixth position. *failing a "stall" test in post-race inspection

Adrian Fernandez, #15 Lowe's Acura ARX: "I always enjoy coming to Road America and, after having competed here for over a decade, never more so than this year. We really struggled a lot here last year, losing grip with the low downforce levels you need on the straights. I am really looking forward to driving this track in the Acura. As for the circuit, I love this track. I have some great memories from here and also a few heartbreaks. One of the best was my race here in 2001 in Champ Car, our first year as Fernandez Racing. We started 26th after I crashed in qualifying and finished third. We are still looking for our first win in the ALMS, and I couldn't think of a better place to reach that goal than here. I have finished second and third here but have never won and that has always been at the top of my list. Hopefully, it can happen this weekend. I feel we have a lot of momentum heading into the final stretch of the season."

Luis Diaz, #15 Lowe's Acura ARX: "Road America is a place I like very much. I won here in Atlantics [2002]. I am really looking forward to this race because the season has been a lot better for us recently. We have been improving every race so I think we are getting closer to having a win and I would love to have another win in this lovely place at Elkhart Lake. We have been competitive at all the races this year and have gained the consistency that we didn't have last year. I think we are going to be very strong this weekend."

-credit: fr

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Series ALMS
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Luis Diaz