CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: Fernandez Racing race report

Fernandez fifth in Long Beach Adrian Fernandez claimed a fifth-place finish in the Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver this afternoon. Fernandez started fourth, and held that position throughout most of the 106-lap race until losing a spot ...

Fernandez fifth in Long Beach

Adrian Fernandez claimed a fifth-place finish in the Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver this afternoon. Fernandez started fourth, and held that position throughout most of the 106-lap race until losing a spot to Paul Tracy on his final pit stop. With his result today, Fernandez has moved to seventh in the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford standings.

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

"Basically it was about track position today. Qualifying affected us tremendously with not being able to qualify the second day. Passing was difficult even after the pit stops. You could gain on the pit stops but unfortunately today wasn't our day on pit stops. Our stops have been good all year and today Paul Tracy just beat us by a hair."

FAST FACTS:

This was 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-- best 2003 street course start was third in St. Petersburg; best finish was second at Long Beach-- recorded nine 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 was a good day for Fernandez Racing. We finished the race in the top five. It was a shame yesterday when we couldn't qualify better because of the weather conditions. We lost one position in the pits but it is still a very good result. The series is very competitive, and it was a good day for us."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Paul Tracy , Tom Anderson