Adrian Fernandez, Owner/Driver -- ...
Adrian Fernandez, Owner/Driver -- #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Honda/Reynard/Firestone:
"We are a little bit better than what we show on the time sheet. I had a better time going when the track went to red so it didn't count. In the morning the car didn't feel very good and that's strange because we've always been very strong here. We started to dial the car in and it was getting better. With the time we did this afternoon when the red flag came out, we should be fine for tomorrow."
FAST FACTS: Is the only owner/driver in the current CART field--- will be making his 138th career Champ Car start at Road America---his best road/street course start in 2001 was second at Cleveland--- his best road/street course finish this year was third at Toronto--- 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, #52 Avex/Alpine Honda/Reynard/Firestone:
"I just couldn't find the setup I want. The car had a big understeer this morning, and it was still the same this afternoon. We changed a few things on the car and it was a little bit better, but just not enough."
FAST FACTS: Will be making his 30th career Champ Car start at Road America---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:
"The story here today would be too little too late. Adrian got caught out with a red flag. He would have been a little bit quicker and probably moved up about six spots if that lap had counted. On Shinji's run with new tires, some of the other guys didn't continue with their last lap after the checkered like you can do here at Road America, so his quickest lap got nullified today. All and all, we are still off the pace a bit. It's not as bad as it looks but still we have a lot of work to do tonight to get caught up. Some of the teams and other engine manufacturers had an opportunity to test here. It's been a little bit of an uphill struggle today with a lot of work to do tonight."