CHAMPCAR/CART: Fernandez Racing Gold Coast qualifying notes

Honda Indy 300 CART FedEx Championship Series -- Round 20 Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia -- October 26-28 2.795-Mile Temporary Street Course Adrian Fernandez, Owner/Driver -- ...


Honda Indy 300
CART FedEx Championship Series -- Round 20
Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia -- October 26-28
2.795-Mile Temporary Street Course

Adrian Fernandez, Owner/Driver -- #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Honda/Reynard/Firestone:
Qualified: 17th 94.035 107.003 mph

"It was a very frustrating session. With the four red flags I had basically one lap the whole qualifying run. There were just too many accidents. We were towards the end of the pit lane so I was waiting for everyone to go out to get a clean lap. We never got a clean lap until the end and that was just one lap. It's pretty frustrating because I think we could have qualified better than that. The car is not fantastic but it is better than where we are on the grid. After that long red [flag] at the end, we only had one lap. The tires were not there on temperature and you are rushing everything. It was just very difficult."

FAST FACTS: Is the only owner/driver in the current CART field * will be making his 144th career Champ Car start in Surfers Paradise * his best road/street course start in 2001 was second at Cleveland * his best road/street course finish this year was third at Toronto and Elkhart Lake * his best oval start in 2001 was third at Chicago * best oval finish to date this season was fifth at Milwaukee * recorded his last win at the 2000 Honda Indy 300 in Australia * has seven career Champ Car wins * finished second in the championship last season * tied for fourth most-winning driver in the current CART field.

Shinji Nakano, #52 Avex/Alpine Honda/Reynard/Firestone:
Qualified: 18th 94.143 106.880 mph

"I think I had a good car for qualifying. At the beginning, we changed the setup and it didn't work and we had to change the setup during the session. After we changed the setup, there were too many red flags and not enough laps. It was a crazy session but it was the same for everybody. At least we have a reasonable car for the race."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his 36th career Champ Car start in Surfers Paradise * his best road/street course start in 2001 was ninth at Detroit * his best road/street course finish this year was ninth in Toronto * his best oval qualifying in 2001 was fifth at Texas * best oval finish to date this season was eighth in Motegi * is in his sophomore season of Champ Car competition with four top-10 finishes to his credit * has the benefit of a teammate for the first time in his CART career * hails from Formula One with 33 F1 starts and nine top-10 finishes in two years of competition.

Tom Anderson, Owner/Team Manager:
"It is difficult to put any rhythm to a session when some of the boys in the group can't keep it on the table, but you just take what you get in those situations. When you don't get more than two timed laps in a row, it's like a six-gun shootout. Our cars are a lot better than what our positions show, and we'll just have to use some strategy tomorrow and see where we go. Like I said, I think the cars are pretty good but we didn't have an opportunity to show it today due to the all the red flags."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Shinji Nakano , Tom Anderson