Adrian Fernandez fought back from a 15th-place starting position to finish eighth in the Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante in his hometown of Mexico City this afternoon. Fernandez, who was plagued by an ill-handling race car throughout the weekend, ...
Adrian Fernandez fought back from a 15th-place starting position to finish eighth in the Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante in his hometown of Mexico City this afternoon. Fernandez, who was plagued by an ill-handling race car throughout the weekend, recovered from a first-lap off-course excursion to record his 11th top-10 finish of the season. Fernandez was the only Mexican driver to assume the lead of the 70-lap race, benefiting from out of sequence pit stops to lead for six laps. Fernandez picked up five points for his efforts today and is currently eighth in the point standings with 104 points.
The Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford will next head to Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia, for the Lexmark Indy 300 on October 26.
Adrian Fernandez, Owner/Driver -- #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:
"Basically we started the race with a car that we didn't know. It was a complete gamble. At the beginning of the race, I was fast on the straight. When I got to the end of the straight, the track has a little bit of a crown. I went to the inside, my car bottomed out and I went off course. I recovered and went to last. We pitted and made an adjustment. The car wasn't very good on the first set of tires but on the last two sets, the car was very quick. We don't know why it was quick which is a shame because if we could have had a car like that at the beginning, it would have been a different story today."
This was 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-- 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:
"It was a long weekend for us. We started the race in the back, in15th position. It was a bad weekend for us and it's a shame because we were working for a good result and eighth place is not good enough for us."