Adrian Fernandez "Basically this morning was the only real practice that we had. With the rain, the track got really dusty again. In qualifying, you could see the marks and the dust on the edges of the track. It's been tough to learn anything ...
"Basically this morning was the only real practice that we had. With the rain, the track got really dusty again. In qualifying, you could see the marks and the dust on the edges of the track. It's been tough to learn anything because the track conditions have been changing a lot. We made a few changes that made the car a little bit better for qualifying, but unfortunately we didn't guess it as correctly as we would have liked. I think we have a good car for the race and a lot of things can happen. The car is a lot better than it was yesterday morning, and it was pretty good in the rain yesterday afternoon. Either way, I think we are looking pretty good."
FAST FACTS: Is the only owner/driver in the current CART field will be making his 142nd career Champ Car start in Houston...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 Australiahas seven career Champ Car winsfinished second in the championship last season fifth most-winning driver in the current CART field.
"My car was pretty good during the session, but I just couldn't get a good lap. I had a problem with the red flag on my fastest lap. The car feels good, so I know we have a good car and setup for the race. I'm a little bit disappointed with the results from the qualifying because we had a good car, but I have confidence for tomorrow."
FAST FACTS: Will be making his 34th career Champ Car start in Houston...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 Texasbest 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 credithas the benefit of a teammate for the first time in his CART careerhails from Formula One with 33 F1 starts and nine top-10 finishes in two years of competition.
"Today brought about dry qualifying and, all in all, both Adrian and Shinji's cars are very competitive cars. In looking at the first three practice sessions, and discounting the second session because it was in the wet, never have either one of our cars been more than nine-tenths off the quickest time. Adrian was nine-tenths off this morning and only six-tenths yesterday. If we were within nine-tenths of the pole time and had everyone qualified in the same group, that would have put us in about sixth position. Obviously the race track and the condition of the race track have a lot to do with it as competitive as the field is. Knowing that our cars are very competitive, I think we can work some fuel strategies and, if we are fortunate enough not to get caught up in someone else's incident tomorrow, I think we will have a very good result."