CHAMPCAR/CART: Elkhart Lake: Fern?ndez Racing Saturday qualifying report

Adrián Fernández, Owner/Driver -- ...

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

Qualified: 8th 1:43.053 140.852 mph

"The car felt good; I just made some mistakes. We changed some things with the gears and I just couldn't focus. It was a shame because the car was good and I think we could have qualified in the top five easily. I really never put in a good lap. The gear change threw off my rhythm and that's why I spun earlier in the session. I just didn't have enough time to establish a rhythm with the new gearing."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his ninth Champ Car appearance at Elkhart Lake and his 156th Champ Car career start--- has finished on the podium at Elkhart Lake the past three years - third (2001), second (2000), third (1999)--- has finished in the top six in six of eight starts at Elkhart Lake--- claimed his best starting position of fifth at Elkhart Lake in 1999 and 2000--- started 26th in last year's race at Elkhart Lake and finished third--- only owner/driver in current Champ Car field---currently ranked fifth among active drivers in career wins with seven--- is ranked 10th in CART all-time career starts--- currently sits 13th in the championship with 39 points--- has 46 career road course starts to his credit, finishing over 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).

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

Qualified: 10th 1:43.195 141.216 mph

"I think we improved the car a lot from yesterday, but we are missing something. We are still a second off the fastest time in the session. The car is obviously getting better, but it is still not fast enough. It's consistent, and I think we have a good car for the race. We just need to work on qualifying."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his third Champ Car appearance at Elkhart Lake and his 49th career Champ Car start --- finished 15th at Elkhart Lake last year after starting 21st--- started 23rd at Elkhart in 2000, but retired with a transmission problem and was credited with 21st place--- has finished in the points the past six events--- claimed career-best road course finishes this season - 10th at Cleveland and ninth at Mid-Ohio--- has made 16 career road course starts, claiming four points-paying finishes--- is in his third season of Champ Car competition, and second year with Fernández Racing--- currently sits 14th in the championship with 37 points.

Tom Anderson, Co-Owner/Managing Director:

"As always, you are looking for more speed if you are not first or second. We're eight and 10th today and I'm pleased with the result over last weekend. I'm also optimistic about Adrian's race tomorrow with his physical condition, and I think he will be fine. Sixty laps around here is a long way to go, and I feel that Adrian and Shinji can be competitive tomorrow for what I hope will be our second podium finish of the season."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Shinji Nakano , Tom Anderson