CHAMPCAR/CART: Mexico City: Fernandez Racing Saturday report

Disappointing day for Fernandez at Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante Adrian Fernandez continued to battle handling problems with the ...

Disappointing day for Fernandez at Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante

Adrian Fernandez continued to battle handling problems with the #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone this afternoon, and will line up 15th on the grid tomorrow for the Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante Presented by Banamex/Visa. This will be Fernandez's first Champ Car start on the 2.786-mile Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit located in Mexico City.

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:

"It's just not a good day. It's a sad day for us, for Fernandez Racing. We thought we had some problems with the diff [differential] and things like that. We corrected the speed on the straight but we were not able to make it better through the corners. It is very frustrating after being so competitive in Miami. I felt very confident that we were going to have a very fast car here. Obviously conditions are different and the track is bumpier than what we expected from last year, but it is the same for everybody. Unfortunately, we did not find a good balance where we could improve our times from yesterday. There are a lot of Reynards out there that are very quick here. It is a track that suits their cars and they were able to be very strong, but that is not an excuse. The excuse is that we just don't have a good car. We have to come back with something strong. I am not giving up. Tomorrow is another day and hopefully some of the bad things that have happened to us in the last few races won't happen to us 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 are not ready for the race tomorrow. We need to work. We have four very important questions that we need to answer before tomorrow, and I am very confident in our team to make the right changes [to the car] for Adrian. For sure we are disappointed because this is a very important race. The first wish for us is for this to be like Miami, but Mexico is not Miami. We are working like we do every race weekend, and we'll see what happens tomorrow."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Tom Anderson