Adrian Fernandez, Owner/Driver -- ...
Adrian Fernandez, Owner/Driver -- #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Honda/Reynard/Firestone:
"I think tomorrow could be a long day. We had a problem this morning on the car in terms of a diff (differential) and that put us back a little bit and made the car^Å a bit loose on the entry. I think we could have done much more than we did. The car feels better than 23rd for sure. Hopefully we can work some magic tomorrow."
FAST FACTS: Will be making his 132nd 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 eight 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:
"It was a tough qualifying for us. I still have a little too much understeer in the car. I think I lost a good two-tenths or three-tenths. The team did a good job with the setup, but we still haven't found the best setup yet. We did all we could do and that was the maximum we could get out of the car today."
FAST FACTS: Will be making his 24th career Champ Car start - is in his sophomore season of Champ Car competition with three top-10 finishes to his credit - has 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:
"Obviously this was not the kind of day that we wanted. A lot of effort went in without the desired results. It's disappointing that both cars are off in the setup here. From Adrian's side, I think we missed Dan* a little bit today. With him being gone, a couple of things happened on the race car this morning that shouldn't have happened. It's not a fault of the guys. It's just that when you miss a key link, things sometimes get away from you a little. It wasn't a dangerous situation. It was a situation that led the engineers in the wrong direction. We found out about it late and without a chance to test, so our qualifying session became our test session. Again, it was a basic mistake.
"On Shinji's side, we didn't have the setup quite the way he needed it. We had an opportunity late with some clean laps but we weren't able to capitalize on it. This gives us an option for a different pit strategy tomorrow. Obviously we can do things different than the leaders, so if the yellows come our way we might be able to gamble and still have a productive weekend."
Dan Miller, chief mechanic for Fernandez, returned home to Indianapolis yesterday afternoon with a family emergency.