Daytona, FL (February 12, 1999) - Greg Moore of Player's Forsythe Racing and Adrian Fernandez of Patrick Racing made their International Race of Champions debuts on Friday at Daytona International Speedway. Moore, who drives a Player's/Indeck...
Daytona, FL (February 12, 1999) - Greg Moore of Player's Forsythe Racing and Adrian Fernandez of Patrick Racing made their International Race of Champions debuts on Friday at Daytona International Speedway.
Moore, who drives a Player's/Indeck Mercedes Reynard in the FedEx Championship Series, paced the CART duo with a fifth-place performance in Round 1 of the all-star event that pits a dozen premier drivers from various auto racing series in identically prepared cars.
Moore was running among the top three the majority of the 40-lap race on the 2.5-mile superspeedway, but any opportunity for a victory was thwarted when his car sustained a cracked header with five laps remaining. He ran as high as second and was pleased with his overall effort.
"It was a ton of fun. I was running up front but I dropped a cylinder with five to go and Jeff [Gordon] and I couldn't go for it at the end," said Moore, who started 10th in a blind draw. "It was my first ever time in these type cars on a superspeedway and I finished fifth, so I am pleased. I learned a lot today."
So did Fernandez, who had never driven this type style car in his entire racing career. Fernandez, who drives the Tecate/Quaker State/Patrick Racing Ford Swift in the FedEx Championship Series, was running as high as second as well, but settled for seventh place.
"At the beginning, it was wild," said Fernandez, who started third. "Everybody was hitting each other side by side and back to front. We're not used to that type of contact in the FedEx Championship Series. It was definitely wild, but it was enjoyable. I was running up front for awhile, but I lost the draft somehow and I don't know how. Not bad for my first time."
NASCAR Winston Cup driver Dale Earnhardt won the event with a final-lap pass of Mark Martin while averaging 181.178 miles per hour.
Al Unser Jr. of Marlboro Team Penske also was scheduled to represent the FedEx Championship Series in the IROC race, but did not participate due to a sudden illness to his 12-year-old daughter, Cody.
The IROC event at Daytona will be televised by ESPN on Sunday, April 18, beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET. The next IROC race will be held April 24 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.
Source: NASCAR Online