CHAMPCAR/CART: Lausitz: Fernandez Racing qualifying report

Adrian Fernandez had a disappointing day in qualifying for the German 500 at EuroSpeedway Lausitz this afternoon, and will start the 154-lap race in 19th position. The team's efforts were hindered by the choice of downforce package based on...

Adrian Fernandez had a disappointing day in qualifying for the German 500 at EuroSpeedway Lausitz this afternoon, and will start the 154-lap race in 19th position. The team's efforts were hindered by the choice of downforce package based on special race car configuration rules for the back-to-back European races, specifying that what is qualified at Brands Hatch is raced at EuroSpeedway Lausitz. Fernandez is currently fourth in the championship point standings.

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

"I am very disappointed. Engineering-wise, we missed the mark big time on the aerodynamics and the rules that applied to here and Brands Hatch. We are very slow -- basically 11 mph slower [in practice] than the fast guys. I feel really bad for our sponsors because there is basically nothing we can do. The new aero rules mean we have to race here with what we qualified in England. The downforce package that we chose to use is not right. We are way, way, way too slow."

"It's a shame. We were in a good position in the championship and this is a very bad mistake. We are going to lose some points. The only way we can improve in the race is by people dropping out. I'm very disappointed right now. Tomorrow is another day and we always keep our hopes up. Hopefully we will be able to take away a few points."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his second appearance at EuroSpeedway Lausitz and his 165th Champ Car career start -- started 17th at Germany in 2001, retiring from the race with an engine problem on Lap 121 -- has four Champ Car career oval wins to his credit - Rio (2000), Japan (1999/1998) and Fontana (1999) -- career best oval start was pole position at Milwaukee (2002) and Michigan (1998) -- currently sits fourth in the championship standings with 29 points -- recorded two top-five finishes in four rounds of 2003 competition to date - second at Long Beach and fourth in Monterrey, Mexico -- has finished half (48%) of his 62 Champ Car career oval starts in the top 10 -- enters his 11th season of Champ Car competition with seven career wins and three pole positions -- thirty-eight years old from Mexico City -- formed Fernandez Racing in the fall of 2000 with Tom Anderson -- only competing owner/driver in the series -- is the third most-winning driver in the current Champ Car field -- ranked 11th in CART all-time career starts -- has 20 Champ Car career podiums to his credit -- last win was at Australia in 2000 -- last pole position was at Milwaukee in 2002 -- looking for his first win as an owner/driver -- the last win by an owner/driver was in 1992 when Bobby Rahal won at Nazareth.

Gustavo del Campo, Team Manager:

"We need to go to the shop with all this information about the special rules for Brands Hatch and Germany. For sure we made a big mistake because we qualified 19th. If we can finish the race with a few points, it will be good for the team but it is a shame for all the effort of the guys. We need to try to put everything together for the race. We know we have a good car for Milwaukee, and I think things will be better for us in the next race."

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 Adrian Fernandez , Tom Anderson