Watkins Glen II: Fernandez Racing qualifying report

Lowe's Fernandez Racing Qualifies Fifth at Watkins Glen The ...

Lowe's Fernandez Racing Qualifies Fifth at Watkins Glen

The #12 Lowe's Fernandez Racing Pontiac Riley duo of Adrian Fernandez and Mario Haberfeld will start Friday night's Grand American Rolex Series 200-mile race at Watkins Glen International from the inside of the third row after a full day of practice and qualifying today.

Haberfeld turned a fast lap of 1 minute, 8.021 seconds (an average of 129.666 mph) around the 2.45-mile road circuit deep in the heart of New York's Finger Lakes region. It was fifth-best among 26 Daytona Prototype-class entries for Friday night's event, a prelude to the weekend's NASCAR Busch and Nextel Cup festivities. In practice earlier today, Fernandez and Haberfeld collaborated for top-six laps in each of the three sessions leading up to this afternoon's 15-minute qualifying run.

The green flag for Friday night's 200-mile (or two-hour, whichever comes first) race waves at 6:30 p.m. EDT with SPEED-TV's delayed coverage set to begin at 9 p.m. EDT. Fernandez also is competing in Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series race in the #57 Lowe's-sponsored Chevrolet of Hendrick Motorsports.

Adrian Fernandez: "It was a good day, all the way around. We were solid in every practice session. Mario did a good job in qualifying. We're still looking for some very little things that can make a huge difference between us and the cars ahead of us in qualifying. If we just continue what we've been doing, we will have a good, consistent race car and that is what we need to be in position to get our second win of the season."

Mario Haberfeld: "We have been competitive all day long and that is all you can ask for from your team. The Lowe's Fernandez Racing team has done a great job of keeping us consistently up front. We picked up right where we left off at Birmingham (a top-five finish two weeks ago). We have been improving the car little by little and we are not that far off from where we'll need to be in the race. It will be a very exciting race. It will definitely be a sprint from start to finish. Hopefully we'll be there at the end and have something really good to dedicate to our good friend Cristiano (da Matta, Champ Car driver injured in a testing accident last week in Wisconsin)."

-credit: fernandezracing.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Mario Haberfeld , Adrian Fernandez