CHAMPCAR/CART: Fernandez Racing Portland test notes 2003-04-16

Fernandez Racing continued its on-track momentum with the conclusion of a successful test at Portland International Raceway this afternoon. Adrian Fernandez, fresh off a second-place finish in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach this past weekend,...

Fernandez Racing continued its on-track momentum with the conclusion of a successful test at Portland International Raceway this afternoon. Adrian Fernandez, fresh off a second-place finish in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach this past weekend, took to the track yesterday [April 15], logging 183 miles around the permanent road course. The team elected to use a "50-mile day" this afternoon which, as long as no more than 50 on-track miles are completed, does not constitute a test day. [Each team entry is allocated 11 test days, three of which are designated for CART open tests.]

Ten drivers participated in the outing. Fernandez was second quickest behind Paul Tracy in the morning practice session yesterday. He ended up fourth overall for the day with a lap of 59.2 seconds after the team focused their afternoon efforts on preparations for the upcoming European leg of the schedule. Fernandez logged the fastest time of the group in this morning's session, posting a best lap of 58.6 seconds.

The Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford will return to the track on May 5 for the inaugural London Champ Car Trophy to be held at the legendary Brands Hatch circuit in Kent, England. The European swing continues as teams return to Germany's EuroSpeedway Lausitz for the German 500 on May 11.

Adrian Fernandez , Owner/Driver -- #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

"We tested a lot of things and improved the feel of the car. I am happy. Yesterday we ended up fourth fastest, not too far from the front, but we were trying some different things. The main thing is that the car feels better. I think we are learning a little bit more about the car and, obviously, we did a lot in preparation for Brands Hatch and Germany."

Gustavo del Campo , Team Manager:

"It was a very good test. Yesterday we ran a lot of miles and we took our 50-mile day today - we have one a year - because we made a good improvement. We separated this test into three parts - the morning session yesterday, the afternoon session yesterday and this morning. The first part yesterday morning was very good. [Paul] Tracy was the fastest and Adrian was second. For the afternoon, we worked on the aero [aerodynamic package] we are going to use for Brands Hatch and we were fourth which was good because we were not fighting for the times. This morning we were fastest with a very good setup for Portland. [Race Engineer] David Watson and Adrian went through all the items on our agenda for this big tour and I think we will go back to the shop with everything covered."

Weather Conditions: 55º F - Overcast

For more information, please visit www.fernandezracing.net. For additional information on the Champ Car World Series, please visit www.champcarworldseries.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Paul Tracy