CHAMPCAR/CART: Fernandez Racing Cleveland race notes

Burke Lakefront Airport ^O Cleveland, Ohio ^O June 29 ^O July 1 Circuit: 2.106-mile Temporary Road Course Adrian Fernandez, Owner/Driver -- ...

Burke Lakefront Airport ^O Cleveland, Ohio ^O June 29 ^O July 1 Circuit: 2.106-mile Temporary Road Course

Adrian Fernandez, Owner/Driver -- #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Honda/Reynard/Firestone:

Finished: 21st Qualified: 2nd

"We were looking good out there. I was saving a lot of fuel so we wouldn't have to make another stop, and I think we could have ended up on the podium. It turned out to be one of those days, and not the type of day we wanted to have. Unfortunately both Shinji and myself went out with mechanical problems. For me, there was some smoke and we lost power. It's a shame, but the important thing is that we were running at the front."

John Ward, Chief Engineer/Race Engineer - Fernandez:

"We had a reasonable day going out there. We seemed to be pretty fast and able to keep up. It just came down to pit strategy at the end, and we were going to make it on just two stops. I don't know where we would have finished, but pretty good I think. A little mechanical problem at the end knocked us out. We had a good day going, but unfortunately we were not able to finish it."

Shinji Nakano, #52 Avex/Alpine Honda/Reynard/Firestone:

Finished: 22nd Qualified: 10th

"At the beginning of the race I had a lot of oversteer in the car, and I had a difficult time staying on the track. On the first stop, we changed the setup a little bit and the tire pressure as well and the car became much better. Unfortunately we had a mechanical problem again with the car and that was the end."

Tom Anderson, Owner/Team Manager:

"It was an interesting day. It was disappointing to lose the turbo on Adrian's car. We are not sure of the reason, whether debris got in or it was mechanical, and won't know until the manufacturer reviews it. Shinji's car had a larger mechanical problem that ended his day. With Shinji, I thought we could have been a little bit stronger up front but he had his hands full fighting oversteer, and I'm going to have to look back to see why we lost so much on our first pit stop. We were definitely going to try for a two-stop strategy and thought with the good mileage he was getting, that it would play out well. Adrian's car probably wasn't handling quite as well to get the real good fuel mileage. He was able to achieve it, but we might have had to give away a little bit more speed. Looking back in hindsight, given the weather conditions and that sort of thing, a three-stop strategy as some of the guys did today probably might have been a little bit better for us as well. Hindsight is always 20/20. Live and learn. I was extremely happy with Adrian's qualifying position. I know some of the teams had a rain situation, but I still think Adrian's time would have stood up for the first couple of rows anyway. All and all, I'm happy with the job he and John [Ward] did this weekend."

-Fernandez Racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Shinji Nakano , Tom Anderson