CHAMPCAR/CART: Fernandez Racing test in Arizona notes

Fernandez quick in testing. Team wraps up two-day outing ready for Long Beach. Fernandez Racing wrapped up a successful two-day test this afternoon at Arizona Motorsports Park with Adrian Fernandez and Team Player's Patrick Carpentier recording...

Fernandez quick in testing.
Team wraps up two-day outing ready for Long Beach.

Fernandez Racing wrapped up a successful two-day test this afternoon at Arizona Motorsports Park with Adrian Fernandez and Team Player's Patrick Carpentier recording the fastest unofficial time around the 2.23-mile, 16-turn road course located in Litchfield Park, Arizona. The test marked the first time that Champ Cars have run at the facility, and both Fernandez and Team Manager Gustavo del Campo had high praises for the new race track, which was designed by Alan Wilson and opened its doors on March 7 of this year.

Fernandez tallied 172 trouble-free laps during the outing, recording a best lap time of 72.3 seconds this afternoon and shaving eight-tenths off his best time of 73.1 seconds which was the quickest yesterday. A total of seven Champ Car drivers participated in the test, including Michel Jourdain Jr., Tiago Monteiro, Mario Haberfeld, Joel Camathias, Alex Yoong and Carpentier.

The team will head to Long Beach, California, tomorrow [April 9] to prepare for this weekend's race -- the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Round Three of the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. Fernandez Racing will hit the testing trail again immediately following the Long Beach event with a two-day test scheduled at Portland International Raceway in Portland, Oregon, beginning April 15.

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

"It was a very good day. We did a lot of laps, made a lot of good changes and I'm feeling pretty happy. I'm looking forward to this weekend. I think we are going to be strong. This was by far the best test we have had in a long time. The whole team performed tremendously well. We did all the changes we wanted to do, ran all the miles we wanted and we were fast and competitive. This track is beautiful. They did a great job here."

Gustavo del Campo

"We had another good day. We didn't have any problems. We were working with the shock and spring package and the aero package and we improved the car a lot. We found a good balance on both new tires and old tires -- what you would have in a race. We made another change before our last run, and the car was very, very good. We are ready for this weekend. We have a very good car and these two days have given Adrian and David [Watson, race engineer] the chance to spend more time together. You can see the difference. It was a very good test all around."

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 Mario Haberfeld , Joel Camathias , Adrian Fernandez , Alex Yoong , Tiago Monteiro