CHAMPCAR/CART: Fontana: Fernandez Racing race report

Max Papis, Driver -- ...

Max Papis, Driver -- #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Honda/Lola/Bridgestone:
Finished: 14th Mechanical (Lap 215) Started: 10th

"I was very happy for all the work the team has done this weekend. I came here after a long time out of the car and we kept fighting for the front all the time. I think we had a car for the top four or top three. It was just a matter of track position. It was very much a flat-out race. Sometimes it is not your day. I was really proud of the job that everyone has done. Unfortunately for me, the racing stops here for now. I hope that the way I drove and my attitude proved that I belong out there."

Shinji Nakano, Driver -- #52 Alpine/Mitsuba Honda/Lola/Bridgestone:
Finished: 15th Mechanical (Lap 203) Started: 12th

"We had the same problem since Friday. The car was really hard to handle. We just couldn't fix it and I had the same problem in the race. After about 100 laps into the race, the car suddenly went really loose. We stopped the race because the rear upright temperature was too hot. It started around 100 laps, about the same time that the car went really loose. Everyone worked really hard this weekend, and it's a shame that we couldn't fix the handling problem. It was a frustrating weekend for us."

Adrian Fernández, Owner/Driver:

"I have to thank Max for the great job he did for us this weekend. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to finish the race. He was holding on out there and doing a good job. I thought we would finish in the top six for sure. For Shinji, unfortunately he couldn't get the car to his liking all weekend and in the race. Then we had a problem with the upright, which was unfortunate. This weekend gave me an opportunity to see things from the other side, as an owner rather than a driver."

Tom Anderson, Owner/Managing Director:

"The California 500 here at Fontana is a huge challenge on all the teams, manufactures and officials. To run a 500-mile race seven days after a street race over 6000 miles away in another country could very well be the largest challenge of the season, and compliments to all the competitors, officials and manufacturers for their tremendous effort this week. Our race day was not successful. A temperature sensor in the right rear upright of Shinji's car showed 147C in temperature on lap 200, and the temperature was continuing to climb. The normal temperature for the upright is 90-110C. It only made sense to stop the car before a large problem occurred. On the 51 team, we want to thank Max for the great job he did for us again this weekend in replacing Adrian. He showed his true professionalism and talent."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Max Papis , Adrian Fernandez , Shinji Nakano , Tom Anderson