CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: Fernandez Racing Saturday report

Fernandez foiled by rain in Qualifying Unfortunately for Adrian Fernandez, the heaviest rain that fell intermittently throughout the day at the Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver hit just as he was taking to the track to begin his run in ...

Fernandez foiled by rain in Qualifying

Unfortunately for Adrian Fernandez, the heaviest rain that fell intermittently throughout the day at the Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver hit just as he was taking to the track to begin his run in final qualifying. Fernandez, who set the second fastest lap yesterday, felt he had a shot at pole position this afternoon but saw all hopes dashed when the skies opened up.

Fernandez will start fourth and will be looking to improve on his fourth-place finish last year at the Mile High City when the green flag drops for the 106-lap/174.582-mile race tomorrow.

The Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver, Round 15 of the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford, 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:

"I came out onto the main straight in front of the pits [on my second lap] and I wasn't sure if it was raining or not. I started to brake and there was water everywhere. On the back part of the track it was not raining so that completely took me by surprise. Obviously, that cost us any opportunity to go for pole. The car has been very fast all weekend. We didn't run on new tires this morning, and we felt we had a shot at it [the pole]. Unfortunately, we will never be able to prove it. Just bad luck."

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 was a special day for us because the weather did not give us a chance to improve our position. We know we have a car to fight for the pole but the rain began on the first lap and we lost the chance. We start the race tomorrow in fourth position, and we have a good chance for our second win."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Tom Anderson