Fernandez to start sixth. Adrian Fernandez will start in the third row on the grid for Sunday's 85-lap Tecate/Telmex Grand Prix of Monterrey after qualifying the ...
Fernandez to start sixth.
Adrian Fernandez will start in the third row on the grid for Sunday's 85-lap Tecate/Telmex Grand Prix of Monterrey after qualifying the #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone in sixth position this afternoon. The team made substantial improvements to the balance of the car from yesterday, with Fernández posting the third-quickest time in the morning practice session.
Adrian Fernandez, Owner/Driver -- #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:
"We improved the car; we just need to make it better for the race. The rear of the car is the part that bothers me the most but we improved it a little from yesterday. I think we have a better race car [than a qualifying car] which is the most important part to be able to get to the next level. I am pretty confident and, hopefully, everything will go the way we all want it and we will have a good race. Sixth place is not a bad position to start."
FAST FACTS: Will be making is 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:
"We have a better car than yesterday. We had a chance to run with full tanks this morning and the car was okay. For qualifying, [Sebastian] Bourdais was impressive because he was a half second clear of everybody. We were fifth quickest in qualifying and will start sixth since Paul [Tracy] had the pole yesterday. I think that we have good race car. Our goal is to finish the race, and to finish on the podium."
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