CHAMPCAR/CART: Fernandez statement regarding Lopes comments

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 25) -- Following is a statement from Adrian Fernandez, owner/driver of Fernandez Racing, on the comments made by John Lopes, CART's Vice President of Racing Operations, during the CART weekly teleconference yesterday...

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 25) -- Following is a statement from Adrian Fernandez, owner/driver of Fernandez Racing, on the comments made by John Lopes, CART's Vice President of Racing Operations, during the CART weekly teleconference yesterday addressing the pit lane speed violation penalty incurred by Fernandez at Rockingham.

"I was pleased to hear John state that some rules need to be reviewed at the end of the season. The two-stage pit lane speed limit was intended as a safety measure, not a speed trap. There were four other drivers who incurred pit lane penalties at Rockingham. It is a grey area, and I am glad that CART is going to review the concept of the 'penalty fitting the crime' in these types of situations. As it stands, we are all affected -- CART, our team, the sponsors and the fans.

"My reaction to the pit lane penalty was the result of frustrations I have had throughout this season regarding what I view as inconsistencies in the way the rules are applied overall -- inconsistencies that, for our team, have cost us three results this year. Things came to a head with the Rockingham penalty. I hope this is an area that will be reviewed in the off-season as well. CART is making positive strides in the competition area for 2003, and I have confidence that the enforcement of the rules will fall into place as well."

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