CHAMPCAR/CART: Miami: Fernandez Racing Saturday report

Adrián Fernández, Owner/Driver -- ...

Adrián Fernández, Owner/Driver -- #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Honda/Lola/Bridgestone:

Qualified: 9th 62.543 79.836 mph

"Conditions were tough today with the rain. We didn't do many laps this morning. You needed to qualify on pole today to get the second starting spot [on the grid] and we were not even close to that. It was very slippery through Turns 3, 4, 5 and 6 - it was absolutely undrivable through there. The conditions really limited the lap times today. I made a mistake and almost crashed in Turn 6, which obviously cost me some momentum, but I still didn't have two seconds to be able to beat [Scott] Dixon's time today. Apart from that, it is nice to be in Miami. Chris [Pook] said they are going to make some changes to the track layout for next year, and it is worth it to be here now and build momentum for next year."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his 160th Champ Car career start-- best street-course start this season was second at Denver-- best street-course finish this season was fourth at Denver-- only owner/driver in current Champ Car field--currently ranked sixth among active drivers in career wins with seven-- is ranked 10th in CART all-time career starts-- currently sits 14th in the championship with 53 points.

Shinji Nakano, Driver -- #52 Alpine/Mitsuba Honda/Lola/Bridgestone:

Qualified: 11th 62.750 79.573 mph

"The conditions were very difficult today, and we kept chasing the changing conditions this afternoon during qualifying. It is tough to say how good the car is for tomorrow, especially since we are not sure what the weather will do. For the dry conditions, I think we have a pretty good car. Tomorrow is going to be a little bit of a challenge for everybody. Hopefully the weather will hold and we will have a good race."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his 53rd career Champ Car start -- has 15 career street-course starts to his credit, posting seven points-paying finishes-- best street-course start this season was third at Denver-- best street-course finish this season was fourth at Toronto-- is in his third season of Champ Car competition, and second year with Fernandez Racing-- currently sits 16th in the championship with 43 points.

Tom Anderson, Co-Owner/Managing Director:

"Miami was late coming on to the schedule this year and I certainly hope that everyone that attends the race or watches on television understands it was very last minute. I think the city of Miami is an absolutely fantastic place to be. They need a CART race downtown. The circuit and the facilities are a little behind the expectations of everyone but, given a year to work things out, I think it will be a superb facility. The turnout we have had already this weekend shows that the people here love it and we love being here. The rain coming in and out is a part of Miami, and we'll have to settle for ninth and 11th on the grid based on yesterday's times. We are looking forward to the race."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Shinji Nakano , Tom Anderson