AdriÃ¡n FernÃ¡ndez, Owner/Driver -- ...
Adrián Fernández, Owner/Driver -- #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Honda/Lola/Bridgestone:
Qualified: 2nd 62.073 95.520 mph
"It was a good effort by the whole team to work together to get these qualifying results. It was nice to see Shinji come back after struggling a bit yesterday. We worked together to make things better and it was just a great team effort. My car has been very consistent. We haven't really done much in terms of changes. At the end of qualifying I was just trying too hard and made my first mistake of the weekend. [Fernández spun causing a red flag]. The most important thing now is to finish the race. Qualifying really doesn't mean anything if you don't finish the race."
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: 3rd 61.808 95.929 mph [Career-best Champ Car Qualifying Position]
"The team did a good job and my engineer [Martin Paré] gave me a good car for qualifying. This morning Adrian helped me at the beginning of the [practice] session. I followed him and found a little bit better line than I was taking. We worked together really well as a team, and everything went well for us today as a team. I just want to thank all the guys for the result today. Tomorrow is another day and I think the race is going to be hard for everyone. It's our first time here, and it's a tough track physically and for the car as well with the altitude and the bumps. Now we have to work on a good car for the race and see what happens."
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.
Tom Anderson, Co-Owner/Managing Director:
"This is obviously our combined best qualifying effort. We had a couple of good laps going, but we weren't able to capitalize on them to try to push Bruno [Junqueira] off the pole. Today is today. I'm very pleased with the Bridgestone tires and the way that they are handling the very slippery surface here in Denver. I want to compliment the promoter as well for putting on the race this weekend because it takes a tremendous amount of effort to put on an event on a temporary circuit. They have done an incredible job and the people of Denver really deserve, and hopefully we can provide, an outstanding race tomorrow."
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