CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach: Fern?ndez Racing Friday report

Fernandez fifth quick in opening day of qualifying. Adrian Fernandez posted the fifth quickest time in provisional qualifying for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Round Three of the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by...

Fernandez fifth quick in opening day of qualifying.

Adrian Fernandez posted the fifth quickest time in provisional qualifying for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Round Three of the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. Fernandez, who was second and fourth fastest in the two morning practice sessions, was able to continue his progress on the speed charts with a best lap of 69.432 seconds. He recorded his best starting position to date on the challenging street circuit in 1998, qualifying third. Final qualifying will get underway tomorrow afternoon.

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

"I am a little disappointed. I am happy that we are in the top five, but I was expecting more. The car was good right from the start this morning. We tried some changes and then we went back but somehow the car didn't feel the same as this morning. We need to see what we can do to improve it. We had such a good test in Arizona [Arizona Motorsports Park on April 7 and 8] and learned a lot of things. Obviously this track is not as smooth, so we have to apply some of the bumpiness of this track to what we learned to see where we can gain more speed."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his 11th Champ Car start at Long Beach and his 163rd Champ Car career start^Å best Champ Car starting position at Long Beach was third in 1998^Å best Champ Car finish at Long Beach was fourth in 1998 and 1999^Å made his Champ Car career debut at Long Beach in 1993 with Galles Racing International^Å currently sixth in the championship point standings with 12 points^Å enters his 11th season of Champ Car competition with seven career wins and three pole positions^Å thirty-seven years old from Mexico City^Å formed Fernández Racing in the fall of 2000 with Tom Anderson^Å only competing owner/driver in the series^Å is the third most-winning driver in the current Champ Car field^Å ranked 11th in CART all-time career starts^Å has 19 Champ Car career podiums to his credit^Å last win was at Australia in 2000^Å last pole position was at Milwaukee in 2002^Å looking for his first win as an owner/driver^Å the last win by an owner/driver was in 1992 when Bobby Rahal won at Nazareth.

Gustavo del Campo, Team Manager:

"It's Friday, our first day here in Long Beach, and we had a very good practice session in the morning. In the afternoon, we tried to push in the qualifying but the problem is that everyone is on track. We qualified fifth, three-tenths off the provisional pole position, so we are in the right direction. We need to see what is going on with the weather for tomorrow because this could be an issue."

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