CHAMPCAR/CART: Fernandez Racing Motegi race notes

Adrian Fernandez, Owner/Driver -- ...

Adrian Fernandez, Owner/Driver -- #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Honda/Reynard/Firestone:

Finished: 16th

"The dash went out. It was the same as Nazareth, and that really cost us the race because we didn't know how much fuel mileage we were getting. I had no lights, no mixtures, absolutely nothing. I was guessing. Everything was a guess. It was a shame because we were doing really well and should have finished right there, but when you don't know the numbers of your fuel ... We stopped early and then we just didn't know. When I came in that last time, the engine started coughing in Turns 3 and 4 and I coasted in because we ran out of fuel. Then I got penalized for entering in the wrong part of the pits.

"It's really a shame because we should have finished in the top six or top seven. We'll have to regroup, see what the problem was and go from there. It was good for Shinji here in Japan, and we just have to keep working."

Shinji Nakano, #52 Avex/Alpine Honda/Reynard/Firestone:

Finished: 8th

"The car was very good today. Since this morning, I didn't have any problems with the car. The last few laps, when the yellow came out, there were some drivers in front of me that may have had to come into the pits without the yellow. I needed more luck. We were very, very strong as a team. Everyone -- the engineers, the mechanics -- did a great job and my thanks to them. We have to continue this situation and I think the result will come.

"This was a very important finish for me here in Japan. I had to finish the race and, of course, if I could have finished on the podium I would have been happier. Things are just getting better and better. This time, no, but maybe next time."

Tom Anderson, Owner/Team Manager:

"Well, another day in the learning curve of Fernandez Racing. We had a lot of small problems today other than the electronics failing on Adrian's car which led to no dash display. We are not sure of the reason for that yet, whether we lost a wire or had a wire problem, but we'll investigate that when we get the cars back to Indianapolis. It made it a difficult day for the Tecate car.

"Shinji got caught up in a little bit of traffic. We had a couple of minor mistakes on some early pit stops, but had some good stops later. They were small mistakes but these are the kind of things that, whenever you start finishing in the top ten as Shinji did today, you need to start doing everything right in order to stay there. These are part of our learning curve and we'll work on them. I am very happy with the job that [engineers] John Ward and Martin Pare are doing with the cars. The cars were good to drive, and both Adrian and Shinji are doing a real good job in that respect. It's part of the learning curve with a new team, and we are looking forward to Milwaukee."

-FR

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Shinji Nakano , Tom Anderson