CHAMPCAR/CART: Cleveland: Fern?ndez Racing Friday qualifying report

Adrián Fernández, Owner/Driver -- ...

Adrián Fernández, Owner/Driver -- #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Honda/Lola/Bridgestone:

Qualified: 16th 59.297 127.858 mph

"We had a problem this morning with the gear position sensor [relays to the electronics what gear the car is in] so we lost an hour there. We should have brought out the backup car but we didn't think it would take that much time to fix. We got in a situation where we got stuck with that car and lost an hour. That didn't help because the car was not good. It was extremely unbalanced with no grip at all. For qualifying, we made a huge amount of changes to the car. I improved my time from this morning but still we are way off. The car is undrivable. It has push. It's loose. It's just hard to go quick. Since Toronto, I feel there is something basic that we are doing wrong. For some reason the car hasn't felt right."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his ninth Champ Car appearance at Cleveland and his 154th Champ Car career start---recorded his best finish of fifth at Cleveland in 1998 after starting 17th---claimed his best starting position of second at Cleveland last year, but retired with a turbo problem---has finished half of his eight starts at Cleveland in the top-10---only owner/driver in current Champ Car field---tied for fourth among active drivers in career wins with seven---is ranked 10th in CART all-time career starts---currently sits 13th in the championship with 32 points---three of his seven Champ Car career wins were on road/street circuits ^Ö Australia (2000), Mid-Ohio (1998) and Toronto (1996).

Shinji Nakano, Driver -- #52 Alpine/Mitsuba Honda/Lola/Bridgestone:

Qualified: 18th 59.660 127.080 mph

"I had a really loose car in qualifying and I just couldn't drive it. I had too much oversteer and the car was difficult to control. It was much, much worse than this morning. Hopefully we can find a better setup for tomorrow."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his third Champ Car appearance at Cleveland and his 46th career Champ Car start ---started 10th last year but retired with a mechanical problem and was credited with 22nd place --- started 21st in 2000 but retired with a transmission problem and was credited with 15th place ---has made 27 career road/street course starts, claiming eight points-paying finishes including three top-10 results---is in his third season of Champ Car competition, and second year with Fernández Racing---currently sits 16th in the championship with 28 points.

Tom Anderson, Co-Owner/Managing Director:

"We seem to keep repeating ourselves in saying Friday is a test day. Today was a little more of a shot in the dark test day than I appreciate having but when you are starting at the bottom, there is always room for improvement. We are going to look at the data tonight and I feel pretty confident that Fernández Racing can climb the ladder tomorrow."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Shinji Nakano , Tom Anderson