CHAMPCAR/CART: Fernandez Racing qualifying Notes

Adrian Fernandez Qualified: 10th "It is the same thing as this morning. We cannot figure out the car on new tires. I put more front wing and things like that, but the car was way too loose in Turn Four. My fastest lap was on my second run on old...

Adrian Fernandez
Qualified: 10th
"It is the same thing as this morning. We cannot figure out the car on new tires. I put more front wing and things like that, but the car was way too loose in Turn Four. My fastest lap was on my second run on old tires. There is something there and we just cannot figure it out. The main thing is that the car is very good for the race."

FAST FACTS: Is the only owner/driver in the current CART field will be making his 139th career Champ Car start at Vancouver...his best road/street course start in 2001 was second at Cleveland... his best road/street course finish this year was third at Toronto and Elkhart Lake... his best oval start in 2001 was third at Chicago... best oval finish to date this season was fifth at Milwaukee...recorded his last win at the 2000 Honda Indy 300 in Australia...has seven career Champ Car wins...finished second in the championship last season fifth most-winning driver in the current CART field.

Shinji Nakano
Qualified: 24th
"The car was really good this session after our first pit stop. Then we put on new tires and there was a red flag. When I went back out, I got a black flag [for pit speed violation]. After that there wasn't much time left. My tires weren't hot enough. I locked up the wheels at Turn Five and that was it."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his 31st career Champ Car start at Vancouver...his best road/street course start in 2001 was ninth at Detroit...his best road/street course finish this year was ninth in Toronto...his best oval qualifying in 2001 was fifth at Texas...best oval finish to date this season was eighth in Motegi...is in his sophomore season of Champ Car competition with four top-10 finishes to his credit...has the benefit of a teammate for the first time in his CART career...hails from Formula One with 33 F1 starts and nine top-10 finishes in two years of competition.

Tom Anderson, Owner/Team Manager:
"Obviously I was expecting more than what we were able to come away with today. With the changing track conditions, we haven't followed the track correctly to maximize our sessions. With Shinji, we got caught out a little bit by the late red [flag] and then a pit lane speed violation that caused us to come in again. We weren't able to take advantage of our second set of tires at all, and Martin [Par0x00e9, engineer] had made some changes there. I don't know if we'll be able to assess those or not. Starting at the back here in Vancouver, the track is tight and you'll have to take advantage of early yellows tomorrow as far as pit strategy and that could open a lot of doors for us. A good result is still possible. Adrian's car is obviously good with more fuel, and he could have a very, very good race car. Hopefully we'll be able to maximize it and use good pit strategy for tomorrow."

-FR

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Shinji Nakano , Tom Anderson