Adrian Fernandez, Owner/Driver -- ...
Adrian Fernandez, Owner/Driver -- #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Honda/Reynard/Firestone:
Morning Session: 12th 59.525 119.083 mph
Afternoon Session: 23rd 59.614 118.905 mph
"We haven't found the balance of the car that we want for tomorrow, but I think we will be in good shape. Shinji did a good time and we'll look at what they did this session and see what we can learn. It's so hard to learn things from changes when the tires are very old. Unfortunately you have to run the tires for a long time and when you are trying a lot of changes, it is hard to get a good read. I think we have a good direction with the team, and it should be good tomorrow.^Ô
FAST FACTS: Will be making his 132nd career Champ Car start^Åhas seven career Champ Car wins^Åis coming off a career-best season with a second-place finish in the championship^Åonly owner/driver in the current CART field^Årecorded last Champ Car win eight races ago in Australia^Åled the series in both laps and miles completed in 2000, en route to recording 17 points-paying finishes^Åfifth most-winning driver in the current CART field.
Shinji Nakano, #52 Avex/Alpine Honda/Reynard/Firestone:
Morning Session: 14th 59.594 118.945 mph
Afternoon Session: 5th 58.745 120.664 mph
"The car is definitely working better. I had a difficult time this morning. I had understeer, oversteer and everything. Towards the end of the session this morning, we found a better setup. We continued to look for more than this morning and finally we found it. It's still not fast enough, but it is a good starting point for tomorrow. We have to continue to work like this and put everything together.^Ô
FAST FACTS: Will be making his 24th career Champ Car start^Åis in his sophomore season of Champ Car competition with three top-10 finishes to his credit^Åhas the benefit of a teammate for the first time in his CART career^Åhails from Formula One with 33 F1 starts and nine top-10 finishes in two years of competition.
Tom Anderson, Owner/Team Manager:
"It was cooler than we thought this morning. Tires are extremely important. The cement up in the Festival Curve obviously picks up a lot of grip as the sessions go on. With this afternoon's session being warmer, hopefully it simulates conditions for race day and we are pretty pleased with Shinji's performance. Adrian has a little bit too much understeer at the moment, but the car is still pretty good. The red flag towards the end of the session took a little bit away from Adrian's tires when they were at their best. Shinji was able to run his tires a little bit earlier and the timing worked perfectly for him. All and all, today's a good learning curve. There again, it's a test day and doesn't count towards tomorrow. I'm pretty pleased. I want to wish Dan Miller* and his family well.^Ô
*Dan Miller, chief mechanic for Fernandez, departed for Indianapolis with a family emergency prior to the start of the afternoon practice session.