Fifth-Row Qualifying Result at Birmingham for Lowe's Fernandez Racing The ...
Fifth-Row Qualifying Result at Birmingham for Lowe's Fernandez Racing
The #12 Lowe's Fernandez Racing Pontiac Riley of Adrian Fernandez and Mario Haberfeld will start Sunday's Round 11 of the Grand American Rolex Series from the inside of the fifth row after qualifying today on the Barber Motorsports Park road circuit just west of Birmingham, Ala.
Haberfeld drove the 15-minute qualifying session and, as such, will start Sunday's 2-hour, 45-minute race before turning the Lowe's racing machine over to Fernandez. Haberfeld turned a fast qualifying lap of 1 minute, 23.196 seconds (an average of 99.524 mph) around the scenic, 16-turn circuit, good for ninth among 26 Daytona Prototype-class cars here this weekend. The #12 Lowe's Fernandez Racing Pontiac Riley, which scored its maiden Rolex Series victory two races ago at Mid-Ohio, was seventh in practice this morning after running ninth and 10th in the morning and afternoon practice sessions, respectively, on Friday.
Adrian Fernandez: "In the end, our qualifying effort doesn't reflect how good the Lowe's car is this weekend. We were hoping to be in the top five or top six, but we just didn't have the opportunity. I'm pretty confident about tomorrow. It's a long race and a lot is probably going to happen, with the heat and humidity being the biggest factors. We are in good shape. We've proven that we can win from anywhere, so we will just have to go out and try to win from the ninth position."
Mario Haberfeld: "I went off in Turn One on my second lap and had to come in so the crew could have a look at the car. We were in such a perfect position on the track to be able to fight for the pole. I don't know exactly why, but the car had more understeer than it had all day yesterday, and that's why I had to put two wheels off. When I went back out after stopping, I ended up behind some slower cars and that never really gave me a chance to get the kind of lap that probably was in the car. Still, it's comfortable to drive, but we definitely need to find out what's causing the understeer so we can take care of our front tires in the race tomorrow. We should be alright."