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

Fernandez will start 10th at Mid-Ohio Adrian Fernandez will make his eighth Champ Car start at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course from the 10th spot on the grid after final qualifying activities this afternoon for the Champ Car Grand Prix of ...

Fernandez will start 10th at Mid-Ohio

Adrian Fernandez will make his eighth Champ Car start at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course from the 10th spot on the grid after final qualifying activities this afternoon for the Champ Car Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio. Fernandez, who was the 1998 race winner, will be looking to add to his record of five top-six finishes in seven starts on the 2.258-mile road course tomorrow. He currently sits seventh in the championship point standings.

Round 13 of the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford will be broadcast live on Speed Channel and Fox Sports en Espanol at 2:00 pm ET tomorrow.

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

"It was a good effort today considering we were 12th yesterday. The track was very slippery as we went out in the first 10 minutes. My car was very nervous and I couldn't really drive it. We made a little adjustment for our first run and I still couldn't do a good time. We did another set of changes for our second run and put our quick time. We lost a little bit of grip overall and I just couldn't get the [track] time I needed to get the lap time. I think we have a good car for the race. Up until this afternoon, the car has been very consistent. We need to check exactly what happened and if the conditions changed because we had another series [on track] before us."

FAST FACTS:

Will be making his eighth Champ Car start at Mid-Ohio and his 173rd Champ Car career start-- won the 1998 race at Mid-Ohio-- has finished sixth or better in five of seven starts at Mid-Ohio-- best starting position was fifth in 1998-- missed two races at Mid-Ohio due to injury (1999 and 2002)-- currently seventh in the championship standings with 71 points-- recorded six 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, and ninth in Toronto-- has qualified seventh or better in all but four races to date, claiming his best starting position of third in St. Petersburg and Portland-- has finished over 50 percent of his 54 Champ Car career road course starts in the top 10 and has five road course podiums-- 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:

"We were 10th in qualifying and I think we have a good race car. It is difficult when you have a red flag at the end. The grip level changed a lot because they are running different classes this weekend and we need to have good information for tomorrow. It was a good first weekend for this new [engineering] group working together and I think we are going in the correct direction."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Tom Anderson