CHAMPCAR/CART: Mexico City: Fernandez Racing Friday report

Fernandez 12th in Provisional Qualifying for Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante Adrian Fernandez was 12th fastest this afternoon in provisional qualifying for the Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante Presented by Banamex/Visa. Fernandez, who was eighth quickest...

Fernandez 12th in Provisional Qualifying for Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante

Adrian Fernandez was 12th fastest this afternoon in provisional qualifying for the Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante Presented by Banamex/Visa. Fernandez, who was eighth quickest overall after the two morning practice sessions at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, encountered problems with the handling of his #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone which are believed to stem from the differential.

Final qualifying on the 2.786-mile permanent road course will get underway at 1:45 pm tomorrow. The 70-lap/195.02-mile race, Round 17 of the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford, will be broadcast live by Speed Channel and Fox Sports en Espanol beginning at 4:00 pm ET this Sunday.

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

"I think we have something wrong with the diff [differential]. The car feels like it did when we had some problems with the diff before. I'm sure there is something there because the car definitely feels very disconnected. I am like an accident waiting to happen in every corner. We also have no power on the straight. We don't know what it is yet; the car is just very slow. We need to look into that. I'm sure we are going to fix the problem and we should be fine tomorrow."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his first Champ Car start in Mexico City and his 177th Champ Car career start-- best 2003 starting position was pole in Miami; best 2003 finish was a win in Portland-- career-best road course start was pole position in Monterrey, Mexico, in 2002-- two of his eight career wins were on road circuits -- Portland in 2003 and Mid-Ohio in 1998-- currently sits eighth in the championship with 99 points-- recorded 10 top-10 finishes in 16 rounds of 2003 competition to date-- enters his 11th season of Champ Car competition with eight career wins and four pole positions-- 40 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 ninth in CART all-time career starts-- has 21 Champ Car career podiums to his credit-- last win was at Portland on June 22-- last pole position was at Miami on September 28.

Gustavo del Campo, Team Manager:

"We finished the first day in 12th position. It wasn't the perfect day, but we have enough information to start to put everything together for tomorrow."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Tom Anderson