CHAMPCAR/CART: Monterrey: Fernandez Racing race report

Fernandez finishes fourth. Adrian Fernandez finished one position shy of the podium, bringing the ...

Fernandez finishes fourth.

Adrian Fernandez finished one position shy of the podium, bringing the #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone home in fourth place at the Tecate/Telmex Grand Prix of Monterrey. Fernandez, who started sixth, is now seventh in the championship point standings.

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

"It was a very good race. I am very happy with our finish. We haven't had this result in a long time; we haven't finished a race in a long time [Miami 2002]. It was important for us to finish the race and, with Michel [Jourdain] second and me fourth, what better place to finish than here in Monterrey. Two Mexicans in the top four is really fantastic for our country."

FAST FACTS: This was his third appearance at Monterrey and his 162nd Champ Car career start-- started on pole last year and finished 13th-- started 19th and finished 19th in 2001-- has finished over half (69%) of his 48 career road course starts in the points-- enters his 11th season of Champ Car competition with seven career wins and three pole positions-- best career road/street course finishes to date are wins in Australia (2000), Mid-Ohio (1998) and Toronto (1996)-- thirty-seven 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-- made Champ Car debut at Long Beach in 1993-- has 19 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:

"Our first goal was to finish the race. This is good for the team and for Adrian. Adrian showed that his skills are 100 percent, or maybe 110 percent. He was out there fighting. He made didn't make any mistakes and we didn't make any mistakes with our pit stops. The team is ready."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Bobby Rahal , Tom Anderson