Lowe's Fernandez Racing Second in ALMS Debut The Lowe's Fernandez Racing duo of Adrian Fernandez and Luis Diaz made their presence known in the team's American Le Mans Series debut today by capturing a podium finish in the season-opening 55th ...
Lowe's Fernandez Racing Second in ALMS Debut
The Lowe's Fernandez Racing duo of Adrian Fernandez and Luis Diaz made their presence known in the team's American Le Mans Series debut today by capturing a podium finish in the season-opening 55th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. Strong drives, great pit work and strategy, and excellent reliability from the #15 Lowe's Acura-powered Lola netted a second-place finish in LMP2 class competition and third-place overall result in one of North America's most prestigious endurance races.
The result added to an impressive debut by Acura in ALMS competition as the manufacturer claimed the LMP2 class victory with Andretti Green Racing as well as a fourth-place result with Highcroft Racing.
Back-up driver David Martinez, who impressed the team during practice with his first tours in a sports car, did not have the opportunity to pilot the #15 Lowe's Acura Lola today as Fernandez and Diaz alternated driving duties.
Lowe's Fernandez Racing will return to Florida in two weeks for the next round of ALMS competition -- the Acura Sportscar Challenge of St. Petersburg on March 31.
Adrian Fernandez - #15 Lowe's Acura Lola:
"I am very happy for everyone at Acura with their strong results today. This is a good start to the season for our great partners at Lowe's and Acura, and a nice reward to everyone on the team for all of their hard work. For me, today was a bit frustrating. The car was just not fast enough. We were more reliable than other people, but we still have more work to do with the car itself. The performance right now is not the level we want. It's very confusing because we are not reaching the speeds we were doing before, so we have some homework to do before St. Petersburg."
Luis Diaz - #15 Lowe's Acura Lola:
"It was a very good result today for us. It was a great learning process and a good result at the same time. This is so different from the sports car racing that I have done and I am very happy to start like this. The biggest challenge for me today was dealing with the traffic. You really have to time the traffic different than what I am used to and you have to take care of the car. Also, you are dealing with drivers that you haven't raced with before. I learned a lot today and it is going to be a big help for the future. If we can keep doing the job that we did today and keep making podiums, I think we can contend for the championship."
David Martinez - #15 Lowe's Acura Lola:
"It was a really nice week. I was able to learn a lot from Adrian and Luis and they are great friends. It was an amazing week and a great result for the whole team. Even though I didn't get to drive in the race, I was cheering and supporting the whole time and maybe next time I will get to drive."