CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: Fernandez Racing Friday report

Fernandez second quick on the streets of Denver Adrian Fernandez capped off the first day of on-track activities at the Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver with a second-place run in provisional qualifying this afternoon. Fernandez, who was...

Fernandez second quick on the streets of Denver

Adrian Fernandez capped off the first day of on-track activities at the Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver with a second-place run in provisional qualifying this afternoon. Fernandez, who was fifth quickest overall after the two morning practice sessions, was pleased with his initial outing on the streets of the Mile High City.

Final qualifying for Sunday's 106-lap/174.582-mile race, Round 15 of the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford, will get underway tomorrow afternoon at 1:45 pm MT. Fernandez made a successful debut on the downtown street course last year, claiming the provisional pole and starting second. He finished fourth in the race.

The Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver will be broadcast live on Fox Sports en Espanol at 3:00 pm ET this Sunday, and shown on Speed Channel at 9:30 pm ET with a pre-race show beginning at 9:00 pm.

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

"The car was good. It was actually too good too soon. I got the grip that I needed right out of the box. When I saw my time on my second flying lap, I knew that it was a good time so I pushed a little bit harder. Unfortunately, the tire pressures weren't there and I started feeling a little bit less grip. I pushed a little bit too hard and I lost three-tenths [of a second] on the next lap. On the whole, it was a good effort. We were quick this morning and this afternoon. I am happy with our performance. It is nice to be towards the front."

FAST FACTS:

Will be making his 175th Champ Car Career start-- started second at Denver last year and finished fourth-- career-best street course starting position to date was second at Denver last year-- currently sits eighth in the championship with 82 points-- best 2003 street course start was third in St. Petersburg; best finish was second at Long Beach-- recorded eight top-10 finishes in 14 rounds of 2003 competition to date-- has qualified seventh or better in seven races to date, claiming his best starting position of third in St. Petersburg and Portland-- has finished over 51 percent of his 54 Champ Car career street course starts in the top 10 and has eight street course podiums-- 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 ninth 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:

"It's a good effort. We had a good car in the first session, and we made some big changes for the second practice session. The car was still very quick and the last setup showed the way to go. Adrian is not completely happy with the car, and Adrian and Chris [Finch, race engineer] are working tonight to try to find all the answers."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Tom Anderson