Fernandez claims provisional pole. AdriÃ¡n FernÃ¡ndez, Owner/Driver -- ...
Fernandez claims provisional pole.
Adrián Fernández, Owner/Driver -- #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Honda/Lola/Bridgestone:
Qualified: 1st 62.073 95.520 mph
"Today was very exciting because of all the downs that we have had lately. The car was good when it rolled off the truck. There was no magic. I wish I could have this situation every weekend. The car was good from the beginning, just like at Milwaukee and Elkhart Lake. We didn't make many changes, which was a huge help, and we just haven't been able to do that all through the year. On my first run, we made a mistake with our tire pressures and the car wasn't very good. At that time we were second quick. We thought the track was going to be very busy with a lot of incidents because it was so slippery, so we decided to go out early. I think that helped because we had continuity in our laps. The only way to be consistent on this track is to have consecutive laps and that way you can keep going quicker and quicker. My fast lap was pretty good. It was three-tenths better than my previous one and obviously we timed it perfectly. It is great to be here in Denver and to secure the front row for the race.
"I am very pleased for the guys. I damaged my tub in Montreal on the chicanes like about 12 other guys, and the team had to work really hard to prepare a new car in a very short time. This was the best reward for them, especially after the struggles we have had this year. I feel I am still driving well and I'm training hard. I am not ready to throw in the towel yet. For one reason or another, we haven't had the results that we wanted. I feel that Fernández Racing is in better shape than it was last year, but unfortunately we haven't been able to capitalize. Shinji is doing a lot better this year and is running a lot stronger. Our time will come. If we can finish in the top 10 [in the championship], that would be fantastic for us."
FAST FACTS: Will be making his 158th Champ Car career start--- only owner/driver in current Champ Car field---currently ranked sixth among active drivers in career wins with seven--- is ranked 10th in CART all-time career starts--- currently sits 15th in the championship with 41 points--- has 48 career street course starts to his credit, finishing half in the top 10--- three of his seven Champ Car career wins were on road/street circuits - Australia (2000), Mid-Ohio (1998) and Toronto (1996)--- best street course finish this season was eighth at Vancouver--- best street course start this season was seventh at Long Beach.
Shinji Nakano, Driver -- #52 Alpine/Mitsuba Honda/Lola/Bridgestone:
Qualified: 14th 63.659 93.140 mph
"Basically I couldn't get a lap on my second run. That was the biggest thing today. The car was pretty good. We just have to keep working hard on the setup and try to find a clear lap in qualifying. I like the layout of the track but there is absolutely no grip."
FAST FACTS: Will be making his 51st career Champ Car start --- Has finished in the points the past eight races, dating back to Portland on June 16--- claimed his career-best Champ Car finish of fourth at the Toronto street circuit this year--- best street course start this season was seventh at Toronto--- has made 14 career street course starts, finishing half in the points--- is in his third season of Champ Car competition, and second year with Fernández Racing--- currently sits 14th in the championship with 43 points.