Adrian Fernandez Started: 20th Finished: 25th "It's a shame. My car was fantastic. It was really good in traffic. I wasn't taking any chances and I was able to pass pretty easy. It was very comfortable for the start of the race. I was...
Started: 20th Finished: 25th
"It's a shame. My car was fantastic. It was really good in traffic. I wasn't taking any chances and I was able to pass pretty easy. It was very comfortable for the start of the race. I was making sure I was clear of everyone and trying not to make any mistakes and take care of the car. I started getting this feeling of something rough. There was no smoothness from the engine. Unfortunately the car started losing power. I went to fifth gear and people starting passing me. I came in and we tried changing a few things but there was nothing we could do. The engine sounded really rough. That's racing. That's how it goes sometimes and we just have to focus on Chicago now."
John Ward, Chief Engineer/Race Engineer Fernandez:
"I think we had a pretty good car today, at least at the beginning. You don't know how it is going to run all day long, but early on Adrian was running pretty well. He was running quicker than the leaders and catching them. He said the car felt pretty good and then all of a sudden he lost quite a bit of power and we didn't know why. We changed quite a few things but there was no way to fix it."
Shinji Nakano, #52 Avex/Alpine Honda/Reynard/Firestone:
Started: 8th Finished: 22nd
"The car was running pretty well from the beginning of the race, but I just had a little too much understeer. We made some adjustments during our pit stop and the car felt better. I was trying to be patient because it is such a long race, and I was trying to find a good setup for the speed. We had a little too much downforce in the car, and I was trying to reduce the downforce for the end of the race. Then we had the problem with the car. It's bad luck but I learned a lot. The team did a good job, and Honda also did a good job for Michigan. The specification changed here for Michigan and we were worried about the engine power a little bit, but Honda brought a really good engine here. This was a learning race for us. It was a good experience."
Tom Anderson, Owner/Team Manager:
"We thought we had pretty good cars today. With Shinji, we ran full rich fuel position and knew we had to run hard to keep up. We just put a tremendous load on the motor. I think the new aero rules were the right thing to do for safety and close racing, although it put a tremendous duty cycle on the engines."