CHAMPCAR/CART: Mid-Ohio: Fernandez Racing race report

Fernandez finishes seventh at Mid-Ohio Adrian Fernandez brought the ...

Fernandez finishes seventh at Mid-Ohio

Adrian Fernandez brought the #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone home in seventh place this afternoon in the Champ Car Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio. Fernandez, who started 10th, was sent off track on the first lap by another car and fell to 16th. He rebounded to claim his seventh top-10 finish of the season, and has moved up to sixth position in the championship point standings.

The Champ Car World Series will head to Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in two weeks for Round 14 of the championship, the Molson Indy Montreal, on August 24.

Race Results:

1.   Paul Tracy

2. Patrick Carpentier
3. Ryan Hunter-Reay
7. Adrian Fernandez

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

"I think seventh place is an excellent result after what happened in the race. I was pushed out by another competitor two times at the start. I was beside him and he never really gave me any room. I lost several positions. We had a great pit stop and my car was working really well when we took the lead. Because of the [pit stop] sequence we were on, the last set of tires had too many laps on them and the car was really a handful at the end of the race. I was a little bit concerned after the last pit stop because apparently [Darren] Manning was catching me pretty quick. I just focused on staying in front of him on the part of the track where he was quicker. It was a very difficult race and the steering became very heavy at the end so I was just glad the race was over. It was a good team effort -- great pit stops, good calls and a reasonably good car. I think we had a top-six car but, unfortunately, the start didn't help me. I was happy to finish the race."


This was his eighth Champ Car start at Mid-Ohio and his 173rd Champ Car career start-- won the 1998 race at Mid-Ohio-- recorded seven top-10 finishes in 12 rounds of 2003 competition to date -- second at Long Beach, fourth in Monterrey, Mexico, sixth in Milwaukee, seventh at Laguna Seca, first in Portland, ninth in Toronto and seventh at Mid-Ohio-- claimed his best starting position of third in St. Petersburg and Portland-- career best road course finishes were wins at Portland in 2003 and Mid-Ohio in 1998; career best road course start was pole position at Monterrey, Mexico, in 2002-- 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 10th 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.

Gustavo del Campo, Team Manager:

"It was a tough race after the incident on the first lap. The team made a very good effort and Adrian was awesome. He drove perfectly. We came back from 16th to finish seventh. We had a car for this position. We didn't have a better car but now we understand the situation and for sure we will start with a better car in Montreal and in Denver. We are very happy. We had a bad test here but we came back and started in 10th. Everything is good. We had the incident on the first lap but we came back right away."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Patrick Carpentier , Paul Tracy , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Tom Anderson