Qualifying struggles place Fernandez 14th in Cleveland Adrian Fernandez will make his 10th Champ Car start at Burke Lakefront Airport from the 14th starting position on the grid. Fernandez, who was fifth quickest in the morning practice session,...
Qualifying struggles place Fernandez 14th in Cleveland
Adrian Fernandez will make his 10th Champ Car start at Burke Lakefront Airport from the 14th starting position on the grid. Fernandez, who was fifth quickest in the morning practice session, struggled with setup issues during this evening's final qualifying session for the US Bank Presents the Cleveland Grand Prix.
The race will be broadcast live on Fox Sports en Espanol beginning at 8:30 pm ET on Saturday, and aired on CBS at 3:30 ET Sunday.
Adrian Fernandez, Owner/Driver -- #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:
"The car hasn't really been to my liking all weekend. We have actually been better on old tires than new tires so it's been a bit of a struggle this weekend. We just need to find something better for the car. It is not absorbing the bumps well and it is not letting me drive comfortably. That is really affecting me a lot, and I am not getting a good lap time. I felt I didn't have anything there to really be able to push the car to get a better time."
Will be making his 10th Champ Car appearance at Cleveland and his 169th Champ Car career start-- best start at Cleveland was second in 2001; best finish was fifth in 1998-- claimed his first win as an owner/driver in Portland two weeks ago-- currently sits fifth in the championship standings with 63 points-- recorded five top-seven finishes in eight rounds of 2003 competition to date -- second at Long Beach, fourth in Monterrey, Mexico, sixth in Milwaukee, seventh at Laguna Seca and first in Portland-- has qualified seventh or better in all but one race to date [Germany], claiming his best starting position of third in St. Petersburg and Portland-- has finished over 50 percent of his 52 Champ Car career road course starts in the top 10-- career best road course finishes were wins at Portland two weeks ago and at Mid-Ohio in 1998; career best road course start was pole at Monterrey, Mexico, in 2002-- enters his 11th season of Champ Car competition with eight career wins and three pole positions-- 40 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 10th in CART all-time career starts-- has 21 Champ Car career podiums to his credit-- last win was at Portland on June 22-- last pole position was at Milwaukee in 2002.
Gustavo del Campo, Team Manager:
"We had a bad result in the second qualifying. I think something happened with the shocks and we need to review this. We were running well all weekend, between fifth and seventh fastest. It's a bad starting position but I think we will be okay for the race."