Adrian Fernandez, Owner/Driver -- ...
Adrian Fernandez, Owner/Driver -- #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Honda/Reynard/Firestone:
Qualified: 9th 26.097 213.542 mph
"The car felt good, but it was a little loose in Turns 3 and 4 which didn't allow me to put the power as early as I would have liked. We had some problems in the morning session in terms of time. I think we had almost 20 minutes under yellow, so that didn't really help us in putting miles on the cars and getting closer with the setup. We just didn't have the time, so we were rushing and guessing. I'm happy with the performance. Unfortunately Shinji had an electrical problem, but the main thing is that we have solid cars for the race."
FAST FACTS: Will be making his 129th career Champ Car start...has seven career Champ Car wins...is coming off a career-best season with a second-place finish in the championship...only owner/driver in the current CART field...recorded last Champ Car win five races ago in Australia...led the series in both laps and miles completed in 2000, en route to recording 17 points-paying finishes...fifth most-winning driver in the current CART field.
Shinji Nakano, #52 Avex/Alpine Honda/Reynard/Firestone:
Qualified: 13th 26.280 212.055 mph
"The car was basically okay. It was a little bit loose compared to yesterday, but the main problem was the dash. It went out so I didn't have the shift lights and I lost a couple of tenths. I'm disappointed, but the good news is that the car is good. For tomorrow, we have to fix the problem with the dash and we will be okay."
FAST FACTS: Will be making his 21st career Champ Car start...is in his sophomore season of Champ Car competition with a pair of 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:
"Of an average, that was our best qualifying of the year so you have to be happy about that. I'm a bit disappointed with Shinji's run because of the fact that losing the dash takes away his gearshift points. I think he did quite well to manage a 26.2 given the fact that he had no information. It is obviously a handicap. I thought conditions, with Adrian going out after a car lost an engine, were not a confidence booster but all in all the grid is very, very tight. I like our chances for tomorrow. I believe we will be in the hunt and be very competitive. Once again we increased our [performance] level over Nazareth, and we are slowly clawing our way to the top."