CHAMPCAR/CART: Cleveland: Fernandez Racing race report

Fernandez 11th in Cleveland Adrian Fernandez finished 11th under the lights in Cleveland this evening as the Champ Car World Series concluded its first night race on the Burke Lakefront Airport circuit. Fernandez, who started 14th, made the best...

Fernandez 11th in Cleveland

Adrian Fernandez finished 11th under the lights in Cleveland this evening as the Champ Car World Series concluded its first night race on the Burke Lakefront Airport circuit. Fernandez, who started 14th, made the best of a long day, picking up two points this evening. He is currently seventh in the championship standings as the series heads to Toronto, Canada, next weekend for Round Ten of the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.

Tonight's US Bank Presents the Cleveland Grand Prix will be broadcast tomorrow on CBS beginning at 3:30 pm.

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

"It wasn't a good day. Obviously qualifying didn't help us. The car was quick at some stages and not so quick at others. We made some changes and the car was better. We made a strategy pit stop and short-filled but unfortunately it didn't work out. It was a very physical race and I was pushing hard. I was having some problems seeing because my visor was very dirty. I went through my visor strips very quickly. I didn't have a clean visor for probably the last 40 laps. It is unfortunate we didn't gain more points today, but at least we finished."

On the incident with Sebastien Bourdais: "I don't know what happened with Sebastien. I let him by. I was not fighting for anything and I just lifted to let him by. I don't know if he didn't expect me to lift or whatever. He touched me with his left rear and I spun. We were lucky that both of us got away with it."

FAST FACTS: This was 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 seventh in the championship standings with 65 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.

Gustavo del Campo , Team Manager:

"It was a good result considering where we started. To start from 14th is very difficult. We had good pit stops and a normal race car, not the best, but it was okay. I believe Adrian drove a very good race under these conditions. We finished 11th and picked up some points. We need to put everything together to look for a better result in Toronto."

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 , Sébastien Bourdais