CHAMPCAR/CART: Cleveland: Fernandez Racing Thursday report

Fernandez seventh in provisional qualifying. Adrian Fernandez posted the seventh fastest time in provisional qualifying this afternoon for the US Bank Presents the Cleveland Grand Prix. Fernandez, who was also seventh quickest in the first ...

Fernandez seventh in provisional qualifying.

Adrian Fernandez posted the seventh fastest time in provisional qualifying this afternoon for the US Bank Presents the Cleveland Grand Prix. Fernandez, who was also seventh quickest in the first practice session, will be making his 10th Champ Car career start on the 2.106-mile temporary road course. The qualifying session was the second of four on-track outings for the Champ Cars today as the series prepares for its first night event at Burke Lakefront Airport this Saturday.

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

"We didn't do many laps this morning because the track was very green. We came out this afternoon for qualifying in basically the same position. The car is still not absorbing the bumps as I would like through the transitions and that's where you make the speed here. On my first run in qualifying, I made quite a few mistakes. The setup that we had was too aggressive for the track and it was just hard to stay on track. We made some changes and the car was better, but still we need to work more on the car to make it transition better."

FAST FACTS: 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 qualified in seventh and I believe we have a good car. After the win in Portland, the team is carrying a very good momentum. It is long weekend and this is the first day, but it has been a good first day so far."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Tom Anderson