CHAMPCAR/CART: Fernandez Racing Sneak Preview Saturday notes

Adrián Fernández, ...

Adrián Fernández, #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Honda/Lola/Bridgestone:

Status: Was 12th quickest in the morning session. Missed the first hour of the afternoon practice session due to setup changes with the car.

"This is our third test with the car and we are still learning. We went the wrong way with some setup changes and that delayed us a bit this afternoon. We had a list of things to work on today and you just have to go through them. At the end of the day, we had a bit more time and we put new tires on. I did my fastest lap then. I went out again and the car was a little bit better, but there was too much traffic and I couldn't put a better time. I think we are going in the right direction. Hopefully we will have a much smoother day tomorrow, and we can work directly on improving the car and towards Monterrey."

Shinji Nakano, #52 Alpine/Mitsuba Honda/Lola/Bridgestone:

Status: Crashed into the tire barrier at Turn Six seven laps into the morning session. Car sustained heavy damage to the right front suspension and steering rack. The team was able to repair the car and get Nakano out for the last 35 minutes of the afternoon practice session.

"It is still too early to say how the car is at the moment. I only did 10 laps this afternoon, and basically I had too much push. I made a mistake this morning. I was sorry for the team, and they did a good job to get the car out this afternoon."

Tom Anderson, Co-owner/Managing Director:
"We weren't the fastest today and I didn't expect to be with the new package and the learning curve that goes along with it. We did set a goal of trying to do a certain number of laps today, which we didn't make. Shinji had a problem this morning and got up on a curb, and it took the car away from him. That caused a little bit of a delay in his program, but we'll get going first thing in the morning. The engineers have enough laps to get a good baseline.

"Adrian was able to run some times this afternoon and got a competitive lap going with a new set of Bridgestone's. We are pretty happy with the balance at this point, although we have a consistent understeer and Don and Adrian have tonight to work on it. Obviously they are in the early stages of their learning curve together. All in all, every day right now is productive as we head to Monterrey."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Shinji Nakano , Tom Anderson