CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach: Fernandez Racing Saturday report

Fernandez will start seventh in Long Beach. Adrian Fernandez will make his 11th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach start from Row Four of the grid after qualifying the ...

Fernandez will start seventh in Long Beach.

Adrian Fernandez will make his 11th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach start from Row Four of the grid after qualifying the #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone in seventh position with a lap of 68.784 seconds. Fernandez, who currently sits sixth in the championship point standings, will be chasing his first podium on the streets of Long Beach. His best finish to date was fourth in both 1998 and 1999.

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

"I am disappointed. The car was good in the first practice and after that it hasn't really been what I wanted. It is disappointing because we were very fast in testing and somehow we just haven't been able to relate that information to the conditions of the track. It is just general lack of grip - traction and push. We haven't been able to come to grips with that. I can pull a quick lap but the consistency is not there. We just have to keep working to get the best out of the car for tomorrow. Seventh place is still good for the race and a lot of things can happen. I think we are still in a good position.

"I am very happy for Michel [Jourdain]. He is driving very well and the Rahal team has given him a very good car. They are very strong right now. If Michel keeps driving the way he is driving, he may be a good challenge for the championship."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his 11th Champ Car start at Long Beach and his 163rd Champ Car career start-- best Champ Car starting position at Long Beach was third in 1998-- best Champ Car finish at Long Beach was fourth in 1998 and 1999-- made his Champ Car career debut at Long Beach in 1993 with Galles Racing International-- currently sixth in the championship point standings with 12 points-- enters his 11th season of Champ Car competition with seven career wins and three pole positions-- thirty-seven 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 19 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 qualified seventh and it is a very disappointing result because we were looking for at least P4 or P5. We need to work tonight to see what is the difference. The series is getting tougher and tougher each race, which you can see by the [small] difference in the times. We will see tomorrow."

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