CHAMPCAR/CART: Miami: Fernandez Racing race report

Adrián Fernández, Owner/Driver -- ...

Adrián Fernández, Owner/Driver -- #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Honda/Lola/Bridgestone:
Finished: 7th Started: 9th

"It was a very difficult day. The car was okay the first 10 laps and then I started picking up push and then loose. We never really recovered the car. Today was just a matter of hanging in there. The car was just getting worse and worse. We made an adjustment on the tire pressure, but I don't know what happened. It was very strange - no grip in the front and no grip in the rear. It was really frustrating to just stay there and not be able to challenge. We ended up with a top 10 result under bad conditions, and hopefully we can improve from here."

Shinji Nakano, Driver -- #52 Alpine/Mitsuba Honda/Lola/Bridgestone:
Finished: 14th [Fire - Lap 67] Started: 11th

"The track conditions were not that good. The temperatures were really hot and I was really struggling with understeer. The car was sliding everywhere. It wasn't just me; I think everyone had the same situation. I cannot say my car was perfect, but it was reasonably good. Our strategy was pretty good and if I could stay out without having any problems, I think we could have run a pretty good race. It's a shame to end up like this. I don't know exactly what happened. Under braking, going into the last turn, fire came out from the back."

Note: Per Dr. Steve Olvey, CART's Director of Medical Affairs, Nakano suffered first and second-degree burns on both hands.

Tom Anderson, Co-Owner/Managing Director:
"It was a big learning curve for Fernandez Racing in Miami. I don't believe this weekend lent itself to young teams trying to build given a lot of different circumstances with a new race track and some weather yesterday. We were never able to hook up to our Bridgestone tires the way the other teams were able to today. It obviously was a very good tire as proved by some of the more experienced teams. Adrian had a big problem putting the power down and I know that has to do with the setup of the chassis. We have to work some more on that, and this was a good learning experience. For Shinji, I don't know what caused the fire yet. Obviously some fuel got loose from the car several laps after the pit stop. I understand he has some burns on his hands and we are wishing him well. That is a very painful situation and I hope everything is okay with him for Australia."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Shinji Nakano , Tom Anderson