AdriÃ¡n FernÃ¡ndez, Owner/Driver -- ...
Adrián Fernández, Owner/Driver -- #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Honda/Lola/Bridgestone:
Qualified: 10th 71.081 = 113.347 mph
"We had an okay day, not too good and not too bad. We are right in the middle of the grid. We didn't have a good test here and had a lot of problems with the car. We just have to keep working and I think we will find something positive for tomorrow. On the first set [of tires], the car was pretty well-balanced. On our second run, the car was pretty difficult to drive so something changed and it was hard to put a good time."
FAST FACTS: Will be making his 150th Champ Car career start and 10th Champ Car appearance at Laguna Seca-- best finish at Laguna Seca to date was fifth in 1999-- best starting position at Laguna Seca was sixth in 1998-- has finished in the top 10 in five of nine starts at Laguna Seca--only owner/driver in current Champ Car field--currently tied for sixth in the championship with 28 points-- tied for fourth among active drivers in career wins with seven-- is ranked 10th in CART all-time career starts-- has scored 11 podium finishes in 89 career road/street course starts-- three of his seven Champ Car career wins were on road/street circuits -- Australia (2000), Mid-Ohio (1998) and Toronto (1996).
Shinji Nakano, Driver -- #52 Alpine/Mitsuba Honda/Lola/Bridgestone:
Qualified: 18th 72.056 111.813 mph
"My car was loose. This morning I had lots of understeer, and this afternoon I had push plus oversteer as well. We are still struggling to find a balance to be quick. The car wasn't comfortable at all today, so hopefully tomorrow we can find a better setup."
FAST FACTS: Will be making his 42nd career Champ Car start and third Champ Car appearance at Laguna Seca-- started 20th last year but retired with an electrical problem on Lap 41 and was credited with 21st place-- is in his third season of Champ Car competition, and second year with Fernandez Racing-- currently sits 17th in the championship with four points-- has 24 career road/street course starts, with two top-10 finishes at Toronto (2001) and Houston (2000).
Tom Anderson, Co-Owner/Managing Director:
"I knew today was going to be a rough day. At Sneak Preview in February, it was all we could do to try to make these cars run and be reliable. We didn't give the engineers any opportunity to work on the cars in February. I think the guys that ran well today, ran well at Sneak Preview. We knew today would be a test day and with that and a few electronic problems we had with Shinji, we weren't able to take total advantage of the capabilities of the car. We didn't net a very good result today. We now have a lot of good information and the track will be faster tomorrow, so I'm sure we will qualify much better."
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