CHAMPCAR/CART: Fernandez Racing Road America race notes

Adrián Fernánde "It was a very crazy weekend with all the things that happened from qualifying through the race. I was a little concerned last night with the amount of rain. I knew there were going to be some puddles on the race track and...

Adrián Fernánde
"It was a very crazy weekend with all the things that happened from qualifying through the race. I was a little concerned last night with the amount of rain. I knew there were going to be some puddles on the race track and that's exactly what happened. We decided to go with a dry setup because we thought it was going to dry. We didn't like our wet setup so we decided to take a gamble and go with the dry setup. Unfortunately, when the red flag came out, we lost that advantage because everybody managed to change their chassis and change their tires. On the restart, my car was really good in the dry and I was able to pass a lot of people. With all the yellows, John [Ward, chief engineer/race engineer Fernández] made a great call on the pit stops that let us stay on the track to the end. It was very difficult at the end to hold off anybody because we were so close on fuel. We ran out of fuel at Turn Two on the cool down lap.

"My car was fantastic and I take my hat off to all the guys because we never gave up. We haven't had much luck this year, and I am so happy and pleased to have a second podium for the team. It was a difficult weekend, and it is always nice to come up with a good result after such a wild weekend. I'm very happy."

Shinji Nakano
"The car was very difficult to drive at the beginning. I had a big understeer and I couldn't follow the guy in front of me. I couldn't do anything. After the first stop after the red flag, we made a big change to the front wing and then the car was a little bit better, but I still had a big push especially with a full load of fuel. Only the last few laps with low fuel was the car better. It was just so difficult to drive. I had problems with understeer the whole race. I just couldn't push when I wanted to push the car. That was the problem."

-Fernandez Racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Shinji Nakano , Adrian Fernan