CHAMPCAR/CART: Miami: Fernandez Racing Friday report

Fernandez fifth fastest after wet start to Miami weekend Adrian Fernandez posted the fifth quickest time in provisional qualifying this afternoon for the Grand Prix Americas Presented by Sportsbook.com. Rain fell throughout most of the morning...

Fernandez fifth fastest after wet start to Miami weekend

Adrian Fernandez posted the fifth quickest time in provisional qualifying this afternoon for the Grand Prix Americas Presented by Sportsbook.com. Rain fell throughout most of the morning with the entire practice session on the downtown Miami street circuit -- the only track time before single-car qualifying -- taking place under wet conditions. Fernandez, who was fifth quickest in the morning outing, managed a best lap time of 46.306 89.405 mph during the dry qualifying session.

Final qualifying for the "Blast by the Bay" at Bayfront Park will get underway at 1:15 pm ET tomorrow, with coverage on Speed Channel beginning at 8:00 pm ET. Round 16 of the 19-race Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford will be broadcast on CBS this Sunday at either 1:00 pm ET live or 4:30 pm ET tape-delay depending upon the market. [A complete coverage breakdown is available at http://www.champcarworldseries.com.] The race also will be broadcast live on Fox Sports en Espanol beginning at 1:00 pm ET.

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

"Basically it was just a lottery for everyone -- who had the best setup for the conditions. Our car was very fast in the rain but nobody was able to run in the dry [before qualifying]. To get your rhythm wasn't that easy. You had to find your braking points, find out how the car is doing, the gears, which gear you have to go down -- so many things that you are discovering in four laps. Considering that and the problems that we had this morning [differential], it is a good start."

FAST FACTS:

Will be making his 176th Champ Car career start-- started ninth at Miami last year and finished seventh-- best 2003 street course start was third in St. Petersburg; best finish was second in Long Beach-- career-best street course starting position to date is second at Denver last year-- recorded nine top-10 finishes in 15 rounds of 2003 competition to date-- has qualified seventh or better in eight races to date, claiming his best starting position of third in St. Petersburg and Portland-- has finished over 53% percent of his 55 Champ Car career street course starts in the top 10-- currently sits seventh in the championship with 92 points-- enters his 11th season of Champ Car competition with eight career wins and three 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 Milwaukee in 2002.

Tom Anderson, Co-Owner/Managing Director:

"It was a good start to the weekend. It was a little bit difficult for the drivers this morning with the first session being completely wet and qualifying being the first session with dry tires. It was interesting, and obviously we are in a competitive position being fifth after qualifying and only four laps in the dry. I'm really happy with the engineering setup that they came here with. I know that the car is not perfect right now and the boys have a little bit to work on tonight. If it will stay dry for us all weekend, we will be in good shape. I think we have rain coming in so it is going to be a roll the dice situation come qualifying tomorrow."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Tom Anderson