CHAMPCAR/CART: Fernandez Racing completes initial shakedown test

SEBRING, Fla. (January 20, 2003) - Fernandez Racing today completed its first test with the new Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone package that owner/driver Adrian Fernandez will campaign in the 2003 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series ...

SEBRING, Fla. (January 20, 2003) - Fernandez Racing today completed its first test with the new Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone package that owner/driver Adrian Fernandez will campaign in the 2003 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. Young Mexican talent Luis Diaz, who recently signed with Dorricott Racing and will pilot a Telmex-sponsored Swift in the 2003 Toyota Atlantic Championship, handled the shakedown duties.

"We are in very good shape and we are happy with everything," said Team Manager Gustavo del Campo of the initial outing with the #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex machine. "The goal was to do 70 laps but Luis spun out on Lap 63. It was no big deal and we are working on the car now. Up to that point, everything was very good."

The test marked the first trackside outing for the team with its new partners at Ford-Cosworth, the official engine supplier of the series.

"The new engine is very good and we didn't have any problems," added del Campo. "We were working with two engineers from Cosworth and everything was very, very smooth."

Diaz, who made his Champ Car debut with Fernandez Racing at the Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante in Mexico City last November, was disappointed with the way his day ended.

"I was trying to give a good impression to the team and unfortunately I crashed," said the 24-year-old from Mexico City. "The track was very slippery and I had a little bit of a problem in adapting to the new engine. With my little experience, I made a mistake. Several of the other drivers spun, but unfortunately I was the only one to hit the wall.

"At the beginning of the test, I think I was doing pretty well. I had good lap times. At least the car wasn't very damaged. It was bad luck but it was my fault, too."

Fernandez Racing will head west this week as Adrian Fernandez prepares to make his first on-track appearance of the season at the CART open test on January 25 and 26 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif.

For additional information on Fernandez Racing, please visit www.fernandezracing.net. Additional information on CART can be found at www.cart.com. Information on Luis Diaz and Dorricott Racing is available at www.dorricottracing.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Luis Diaz