Lowe's Fernandez Racing Qualifies Sixth at Infineon Raceway The ...
Lowe's Fernandez Racing Qualifies Sixth at Infineon Raceway
The #12 Lowe's Fernandez Racing Pontiac Riley duo of Adrian Fernandez and Mario Haberfeld will start Saturday's Grand American Rolex Series 250-mile race at Infineon Raceway from the outside of the third row after qualifying today on the scenic 2.2-mile hillside road circuit outside Sonoma, Calif.
Haberfeld was behind the wheel of the Lowe's racing machine during this afternoon's 15-minute qualifying session and will start Saturday's 100-lap race before handing it over to Fernandez. His fast lap of 1 minute, 28.882 seconds (an average of 102.068 mph) around the 12-turn circuit was sixth-fastest in the 39-car race field. Earlier today, Fernandez and Haberfeld were fourth in the twin 45-minute practice sessions, and they started the weekend sixth in Friday afternoon's opening practice.
Race time Saturday is 6 p.m. EDT with SPEED-TV's tape-delayed broadcast set for 3 p.m. EDT Sunday. Thirty minutes of final practice begins at 11:45 a.m. Saturday.
Adrian Fernandez: "We were hoping to qualify a little better than we did, but we definitely have a Lowe's car that is ready for the fight. Mario did another good job in qualifying, like he did two weeks ago at Watkins Glen. We've been in or just out of the top five all weekend. That's a good position to be in for the race tomorrow."
Mario Haberfeld: "I think starting sixth will be not so bad here. Obviously we wanted to be even closer to the front, but we're just far enough off with our qualifying setup that we have to take sixth and feel good about it. As far as having a good race car, I think we're in very good shape. Between our qualifying setup and our not-so-good luck with traffic, I think we didn't get a chance to get the two-tenths (of a second) I think we could have gotten with an absolutely clear lap. Just like I said at Watkins Glen, we might not have the fastest car for qualifying, but we should be in great shape for the race."