CHAMPCAR/CART: Fernandez Racing Nazareth race report

Adrián Fernández, Owner/Driver -- ...

Adrián Fernández, Owner/Driver -- #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Honda/Reynard:

Finished 19th

“It’s frustrating because we had a very good car. Something happened, electrical or something, and the car just shut off. There was no warning -- just no power, and no signs of anything. It happened right in the middle of Turn Two. It felt as if you turned the switch off. I lost the telemetry right from the beginning, but I don’t know if that’s related. It’s just speculation right now. I think we had a car for the top-five. We were running in the top four most of the day, and we didn’t need to pit again. It’s sad, but it proves that the team is strong and we are going to be able to be strong in Japan also.”

John Ward, Chief Engineer/Race Engineer -- Fernandez:
“We think we had a good car out there, and certainly had a good qualifying position. The problem started pretty early. We lost telemetry and so we had to go back to the dark ages, calculating fuel with a slide rule. We were doing okay, just rolling along kind of guessing at the fuel. I really don’t know what happened to the car at the end. It looks like it just shut off, and we don’t know what the problem is at this point.”

Shinji Nakano, #52 Avex/Alpine Honda/Reynard:
Finished 15th
“I had a good car in the race, but unfortunately my qualifying position was not good. The car felt strong in the warmup this morning, and I had confidence for the race. The [last] yellow didn’t help me, but the team did a good job and gave me a good car. If I had a little more luck today, I think I could have finished better. This was my first time here at this track, and I learned a lot this weekend. With the team, everything is getting better each race. The run today helps going into Motegi. It’s good for the team and myself.”

Tom Anderson, Owner/Team Manager:
“I’m very, very happy today for the most part. To have both of the cars in our third race in the top 10 for a good portion of the day was very satisfying. I’m disappointed for Adrian that the #51 car let him down for some reason, and we’ll check into that before we go to Motegi. I’m very happy with Shinji’s drive. We probably left him out too long and should have taken that pit stop around Lap 130. The other guys were able to go the distance and that yellow at the end obviously helped them. All in all, very pleased.”


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Shinji Nakano , Tom Anderson