CHAMPCAR/CART: Milwaukee: Fernandez Racing race report

Fernandez sixth in Milwaukee. Adrian Fernandez drove the ...

Fernandez sixth in Milwaukee.

Adrian Fernandez drove the #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone to a sixth-place finish in the Milwaukee Mile Centennial 250 -- the Champ Car World Series first night race at the historic Milwaukee oval. Fernandez, who started fifth, was running as high as fourth but lost two positions on his final stop after a problem in the pits. He is currently eighth in the championship point standings.

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

"At the beginning, I was probably too conservative. I wasn't 100 percent happy all weekend with the car and that made me less aggressive on the restarts especially with the [cool] conditions. At the halfway mark, I was getting my act together and I was not losing positions but I was still not comfortable. The rear of the car was moving a little bit and I was not comfortable putting the power down. We made some changes and the car was better. Unfortunately we had some confusion on our last pit stop and we lost two or three positions. Everybody makes mistakes and that was a little bit of a misfortune. Otherwise we had a good day. Driving at night wasn't a problem. My main concern was cold tires. That was the trickiest part for me.

"I am very happy for Michel [Jourdain] on his first win. He drove a fantastic race and really drove like a champion. He is looking very strong for the championship. He and Team Rahal are doing a great job and I am very happy for him on his first of many wins."

FAST FACTS: This was his 11th Champ Car start at Milwaukee and his 166th Champ Car career start-- recorded three top-five finishes in six rounds of 2003 competition to date-- currently sits eighth in the championship standings-- has qualified seventh or better in five of six races to date, claiming his best starting position of third in St. Petersburg-- enters his 11th season of Champ Car competition with seven career wins and three pole positions-- 38 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 11th in CART all-time career starts-- has 20 Champ Car career podiums to his credit-- last win was at Australia in 2000-- last pole position was at Milwaukee in 2002-- looking for his first win as an owner/driver-- the last win by an owner/driver was in 1992 when Bobby Rahal won at Nazareth.

Gustavo del Campo, Team Manager:

"It was a good weekend for Fernandez Racing. We finished the race but unfortunately we lost two positions on the last pit stop. We had a problem with the air jack. We finished P6 and this was under special conditions because it was very cold. This was a good result and it was a good race for the Milwaukee Mile. After 100 years of racing, they have a very nice facility and they have a lot of fans."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Tom Anderson