Road Atlanta: Fernandez Racing qualifying report

Lowe's Fernandez Racing to Start Sixth in Class at Petit Adrian Fernandez qualified the ...

Lowe's Fernandez Racing to Start Sixth in Class at Petit

Adrian Fernandez qualified the #15 Lowe's Acura ARX sixth in class and 11th overall for Saturday's Petit Le Mans. Fernandez managed to break into the 67-second range for the first time in the 25-minute qualifying session with a 67.866 second lap. He was looking for an additional three-tenths of a second to chase down the fourth-ranked #26 Acura of Andretti Green's Franck Montagny, but a spin in Turn Six in the closing stages relinquished his bid.

Luis Diaz will start tomorrow's 1,000 mile/10-hour endurance classic which will mark the debut of Michel Jourdain Jr. with the squad. Focusing on race setup, the trio have made steady gains since beginning their testing program this past Saturday with Fernandez claiming the second-fastest time in class [fifth overall] in the one-hour 45-minute night practice session yesterday.

Adrian Fernandez, #15 Lowe's Acura ARX: "I spun twice in qualifying which is very uncharacteristic of me but I was just pushing hard. I was down on my lap time on my last lap and just kept my foot on it and the car didn't take it. I spun in Turn Six. I knew what I had to do, came very hot into the corner and the rear didn't stay with me and I lost it. For the race, I think we have a good race car."

Luis Diaz, #15 Lowe's Acura ARX: "It has not been an easy week so far for anybody. There have been a lot of crashes and the traffic out there has been brutal, worse than any other place. It has been a challenge but so far we have had a clean week and that has been the plan. We tried not to take too many risks. Looking to the race, I know that we are well-prepared. We have done everything possible to make sure that the car is good for the end. Now, I think it is just a matter of luck. I don't think any of us will go out to break records right away or do something crazy and I am feeling pretty confident. Maybe we haven't always showed the speed this week, but we have done a pretty good job."

Michel Jourdain Jr., #15 Lowe's Acura ARX: "I feel I am getting better and better. My job for this race is mainly to help Adrian and Luis rest and make sure they are good for the end. I am trying to be quite conservative and driving on the conservative side -- still to be fast but to try to not make any mistakes. I would rather lose a couple of tenths a lap making sure I am clean rather than lose a nose and lose five minutes as a best case scenario. I really like these cars. They are fantastic. Lowe's Fernandez Racing is such a great team. I am really enjoying working with everyone here and the track is a lot of fun so I am very happy."

-credit: fr

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Series ALMS
Drivers Franck Montagny , Adrian Fernandez , Luis Diaz , Michel Jourdain