CHAMPCAR/CART: Milwaukee: Bridgestone qualifying report

Bridgestone grip helps Fernandez recover to capture pole. Adrian Fernandez has been the front-runner all weekend at the Milwaukee Mile, but it was his reliance today on the sure-footed Bridgestone Potenza tires that helped the Mexican favorite...

Bridgestone grip helps Fernandez recover to capture pole.

Adrian Fernandez has been the front-runner all weekend at the Milwaukee Mile, but it was his reliance today on the sure-footed Bridgestone Potenza tires that helped the Mexican favorite recover from a bobble to win the pole position for Sunday's race.

Fernandez nearly lost control of his Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Honda/Lola on the first of two qualifying laps, but the sensational grip of the Potenza racing radials allowed him to save the car and keep charging. Fernandez delivered a speed of 167.532 mph (22.176 seconds) on the second qualifying lap to earn his third career pole position and second this season on Bridgestone tires.

"I had a big, big moment in turn two (on the first lap); I almost lost it," Fernandez admitted. "The Bridgestone tires worked really well because I managed to keep my car under control, recharge and put it on the pole. The good thing is we have tested in cold conditions and warm conditions, and the car is good in both. We've been able to maintain a good level of grip on the car and have a good understanding of what the car needs. The race is more difficult because anything can happen, but we feel confident we can have the car to win."

Bridgestone, boasting a racing history of four decades, debuted in the FedEx Championship Series this season as the Official Tire of CART. Each entry in the 19-car grid Sunday will compete on Potenza racing radials.

Joe Barbieri, Bridgestone Motorsport Project Supervisor:

"The new Bridgestone short oval tires are living up to their reputation for durability and consistency, even in these unseasonably hot conditions at Milwaukee. Even if the temperature dips tomorrow as predicted, we are confident the Potenzas will still give the long-lasting traction and grip to put on an exciting show for the fans. Congratulations to Adrian and the entire Fernandez Racing team. They've topped the charts for two days and were deserving of the pole today."

Qualifying session temperatures ranged from 107 to 112 degrees track and 91 to 95 degrees ambient (F).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez