Adrian Fernandez, Owner/Driver -- ...
Adrian Fernandez, Owner/Driver -- #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Honda/Reynard:
Status: Spun and brushed wall exiting chicane during final minutes of qualifying.
"At the end of the session, I was just trying a little too hard. I needed to make a change to the car, but there wasn't enough time for me to come back to the pits so I was just trying too hard. I didn't do much damage. I had a big hope after practice this morning that the direction we were taking was really going to cure the car, but it hasn't been right and that is really costing us a lot of time on the track in terms of performance. Hopefully tomorrow we can find something. This is not the first time we have been in this situation and I always have a lot of hope until the checkered flag drops."
FAST FACTS: Will be making his 126th career Champ Car start... has seven career Champ Car wins...coming off a career-best season with a second-place finish in the championship...only owner/driver in the current field...last road course victory was in Australia last year...led the series is both laps and miles completed en route to recording 17 points-paying finishes in 2000... fifth most-winning driver among the current CART field.
Shinji Nakano, Driver -- #52 Avex/Alpine Honda/Reynard:
Status: Spun six laps into the qualifying session in Turn 7 in 52X. Was brought back to the pits and, after serving eight-minute penalty for bringing out the red flag during qualifying, did not have enough time remaining to go out in primary car.
"I just missed my braking point. The braking was too late and I locked up the rear and went off the track. The car was difficult to drive. We couldn't solve the problems from this morning, and we are working to find a better setup for tomorrow."
FAST FACTS: Will be making his 18th career Champ Car start...enters his sophomore season of Champ Car competition with a pair of top-10 finishes to his credit...will have the benefit of a teammate for the first time in his CART career...best career road course finish in 2000 was eighth at Houston...hails from Formula One with 33 F1 starts and nine top-10 finishes in two years of competition.
Tom Anderson, Owner
"We are trying to gain more grip on both of the cars. Sometimes it's loose and sometimes it pushes. An overall lack of grip would be a problem that we are not dealing with as well as the other teams. Obviously the race track is not at its maximum capability because of the lack of time on the race track by both the support series and the Champ Cars as well. When you have a more difficult situation, the more experienced teams and drivers are able to deal with it quicker than new teams. Even though Adrian is a very experienced driver, he's not with a very experienced team. We are on the beginning of our learning curve and basically didn't do a very good job today."
- Fernandez Racing