CHAMPCAR/CART: Brands Hatch: Fernandez Racing Saturday report

Fernández eighth quick in provisional qualifying Adrian Fernandez set the eighth fastest time this afternoon in provisional qualifying for the inaugural London Champ Car Trophy at the historic Brands Hatch circuit. The single-car qualifying...

Fernández eighth quick in provisional qualifying

Adrian Fernandez set the eighth fastest time this afternoon in provisional qualifying for the inaugural London Champ Car Trophy at the historic Brands Hatch circuit. The single-car qualifying order was based on practice times from the two morning sessions. Fernandez, who was ninth quickest of the two sessions, went off course in the first practice and hit the tire barrier going into Turn Five (McLaren). Fernandez was not injured, but substantial damage to the rear of the #51 machine will leave him without a backup car.

Adrian Fernandez , Owner/Driver -- #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

"We started good and were P1 for awhile this morning. Unfortunately, I was using too much of the curb in Clearways and when I put more of the car on the curb, basically that was not forgiving for the car and I lost it. It was a shame because the car was running pretty good and now that car is not available for this weekend. We had to go to the T-car and we made some changes the wrong way in terms of the setup, so we just have to regroup and I think we will have a good car. The guys had to rush out pretty quickly [for qualifying] because we gave them a lot of changes. Obviously that was not what we expected. At the end of the second session in the morning we were trying to do a qualifying run and we just really didn't have the momentum to do it. There was too much traffic and that left us with a little bit of a guessing game this afternoon.

"It's fantastic to be back at Brands. It's a good feeling -- a lot of old friends here and it is really fast compared to what it used to be. The weather has been normal for here and you just have to pay attention to it, especially on cold tires."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his 164th Champ Car career start-- recorded two top-five finishes in three rounds of 2003 competition to date - second at Long Beach and fourth in Monterrey, Mexico-- has qualified seventh or better in each race this year, claiming his best starting position of third at St. Petersburg-- has finished half (51%) of his 49 Champ Car career road course starts in the top 10-- enters his 11th season of Champ Car competition with seven career wins and three pole positions-- only one of his seven career wins was on a road course - Mid-Ohio in 1998-- thirty-seven years old from Mexico City-- formed Fernandez Racing in the fall of 2000 with Tom Anderson-- only competing owner/driver in the series-- is the third most-winning driver in the current Champ Car field-- ranked 11th in CART all-time career starts-- has 20 Champ Car career podiums to his credit-- last win was at Australia in 2000-- last pole position was at Milwaukee in 2002-- looking for his first win as an owner/driver-- the last win by an owner/driver was in 1992 when Bobby Rahal won at Nazareth.

Gustavo del Campo , Team Manager

"We had a problem this morning. We had a crash and lost one car. Now we are working with the T-car and I believe we have a good chance for tomorrow. We qualified today in P8 and I think we can make the top five tomorrow."

Weather Conditions: Overcast, windy, 57º F

For more information, please visit www.fernandezracing.net. For additional information on the Champ Car World Series, please visit www.champcarworldseries.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Bobby Rahal , Tom Anderson