Honda Grand Prix of Monterey CART FedEx Championship Series -- Round 19 Monterey, California -- October 12-14 -- 2.238-Mile Permanent Road Course Adrian Fernandez, Owner/Driver -- ...
Honda Grand Prix of Monterey
CART FedEx Championship Series -- Round 19
Monterey, California -- October 12-14 -- 2.238-Mile Permanent Road Course
Adrian Fernandez, Owner/Driver -- #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Honda/Reynard/Firestone:
Finished: 10th Qualified: 17th
"It seemed everybody was a little loose at the beginning of the race. From the middle of the race on, my car was pretty good. We just haven't had any breaks at all this year. Hopefully all of our good luck will come next year because this year's championship is over for us. We had a good car and good calls, and this is a place where there usually aren't a lot of yellows. It's just very frustrating.
"I saw Oriol's crash. It looked pretty scary from where I was sitting. I've never seen anything like that and I'm glad that apparently he is okay."
John Ward, Chief Engineer/Race Engineer - Fernandez:
"It seems like we had a better race car than a qualifying car. We made some changes overnight and I think they were positive changes. Adrian ran some pretty good laps in the race. Our strategy backfired on us a bit. What we needed was a long green run at the end. I think we could have ended up in the top six or so or maybe a little bit better than that because when he was out front, he was pulling away from the rest of the field. That's the breaks of the game. There were a lot more yellows today than anyone could have imagined in their wildest dreams, and hopefully everybody is okay. I think the fans saw an exciting race."
Shinji Nakano, #52 Avex/Alpine Honda/Reynard/Firestone:
Finished: 21st Qualified: 20th
"We changed the car quite a lot after the morning warm up and it was much better in the race. I was able to save a lot of fuel without any problem. It was a shame that we had a problem again. My engineer [Martin Pare] did a great job in finding a better setup, and the car was good. We just had bad luck again."
Tom Anderson, Owner/Team Manager:
"It's a good thing we weren't in Las Vegas today because we gambled wrong. The yellow that came out after Adrian had stayed out was five laps outside our window. With the amount of yellows in the last half of the race and the race being a few laps short, everybody that took that early gamble benefited. Had we pitted then, we may have improved or we may have ended up 10th anyway. Shinji had a good run going today. He had some short of a battery failure. I'm not sure if we had an internal fire and we won't know until we get the car back and see what happened there. Shinji was doing really well at the time. We hope that Oriol Servia is okay. He took a hell of a ride. We'll get 'em at Australia in two weeks."