CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: Fern?ndez Racing race report

Fernandez Racing Adrián Fernández, Owner/Driver -- ...

Fernandez Racing

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

Finished: 4th Started: 2nd

"It was a tough race with no yellows, and the pace was very strong. Bruno [Junquiera] had everyone covered. He was pushing hard. I was pushing hard at the beginning, but I just didn't have anything for him. We were going to try to be conservative to save the car but the race was not conservative at all. It was flat out from the beginning. Scott [Dixon] was pushing hard but I think I had him covered. If we had a little bit better luck on our pit strategy, we would have been able to be ahead of him. Physically it was a hard race and I was just glad to finish. I have to take my hat off to Honda for having a great engine that excelled under difficult conditions, and the Bridgestone tires were fantastic. The whole crew just did a fantastic job. Our pit strategy didn't work as well as we hoped, but this is a better result than what we have had in the last few weeks and I'll take it. I feel bad for Shinji. I think he would have been on the podium today. I am looking forward to Rockingham. Hopefully we can keep finishing races, accumulate more points towards the championship and forget about all this bad stuff the past few races."

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

Finished: 16th Started: 3rd

"My car was really good and I think the team did a great job this weekend. Unfortunately I had a gearbox problem in the pits and couldn't get the car into gear. It was shame because my car was good and I think I drove pretty well. I really felt I could have finished in the top three easily. But that's the way it is and that's racing. Sometimes things happen. The job that everyone did this weekend was fantastic. The result was really tough for us but let's hope for the next one."

Tom Anderson, Co-Owner/Managing Director:

"I'm extremely pleased with our results this weekend, qualifying second and third and with Adrian fastest on Friday. Shinji had a great day on Saturday. Today wasn't a podium day for us which everyone expected. We had a good run with Adrian to get him up to fourth. It's good to see his endurance is back and now I know he is just about 100 percent although he had to be hurting a little bit at the end of the day. Shinji had a great run going until we broke a shift selector on the second pit stop, probably trying to keep the revs up a little too high to keep the fuel moving and make the launch work perfectly. The selector inside the gearbox just wouldn't take it and so we had a problem there and couldn't select any gears. It could have been a great day for him but, all in all, I think it was a great weekend for both Adrian and Shinji. We look forward now to Rockingham in two weeks. I think the first Denver event was a great success for everyone."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Shinji Nakano , Tom Anderson