Lowe's Fernandez Racing Qualifies Third in Utah It was a hard fought battle for pole position this afternoon at the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix. The exciting 20-minute qualifying session saw Lowe's Fernandez Racing's Luis Diaz,...
Lowe's Fernandez Racing Qualifies Third in Utah
It was a hard fought battle for pole position this afternoon at the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix. The exciting 20-minute qualifying session saw Lowe's Fernandez Racing's Luis Diaz, fellow Acura driver and newcomer Gil de Ferran and Penske Porsche's Timo Bernhard embroiled for top honors.
Diaz, looking for less than half a tenth of a second to overtake de Ferran for pole in the closing minutes, appeared poised to claim the team's second consecutive front row start until two strong laps by Bernhard at the end closed the door. A best lap of 1:31.342 (120.129 mph) placed the #15 Lowe's Acura ARX third overall on the grid.
Lowe's Fernandez Racing was on pace from the start of official practice activities today with Adrian Fernandez claiming the second-quickest time overall in the one-hour morning session, just over a tenth of a second off the top spot on the timesheets held by de Ferran.
Adrian Fernandez, #15 Lowe's Acura ARX: "We had a good day and came back strong from our [mechanical] problem yesterday and the time we lost on the track. We had a good session in the morning finishing P2 and found a good direction for the car. Luis stepped up for the last practice and the car was pretty good. Qualifying was really nerve-racking because it was so close. At one point, we said we need a tenth and Luis would improve then another car would improve. Third place is a good result and Luis did a fantastic job as did the whole team. As long as we keep qualifying at the front and, with a little bit of luck, our time will come to be at the front in both qualifying and the race."
Luis Diaz, #15 Lowe's Acura ARX: "It was very competitive out there [in qualifying]. Everyone on the team did a great job. We had a problem yesterday with the starter and lost some very important track time but the team caught up big time today. The engineers gave us a great car and what I am very happy about is that the car is very consistent. Throughout qualifying, we were very close to the fastest time. I am happy and very optimistic for tomorrow. I think it is going to be a tough race. Whoever makes the least mistakes will have the victory."