CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Fernandez Racing Friday report

Fernandez 12th in provisional qualifying at Montreal. Adrian Fernandez posted the 12th quickest time in provisional qualifying this afternoon for the Molson Indy Montreal. Fernandez, who was seventh fastest in the first morning practice session,...

Fernandez 12th in provisional qualifying at Montreal.

Adrian Fernandez posted the 12th quickest time in provisional qualifying this afternoon for the Molson Indy Montreal. Fernandez, who was seventh fastest in the first morning practice session, lost time in the second practice run due to a brush with the wall that resulted in damage to the right rear wheel and toe link. The team is working to improve the balance of the car over the curbs for tomorrow's final qualifying session.

Round 14 of the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford will be broadcast live on Fox Sports en Espanol at 2:00 pm ET this Sunday, and shown on Speed Channel at 9:30 pm ET with a pre-race show beginning at 9:00 pm.

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

"The car is not too bad; it is also not too good. We haven't been able to get the right balance over the curbs in the chicanes and obviously that has been affecting us. We still need to find something else. We came here with something new and we are trying to learn from it. Unfortunately, there is not much time to learn. If it was not good straightaway, we may have to rethink this and come back with something we know for tomorrow."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his second Champ Car start in Montreal and his 174th Champ Car career start-- qualified 16th last year in Montreal, and was credited with 12th place after contact on Lap 70-- best 2003 road course finish was a win in Portland; best start was third in Portland-- two of his eight career wins were on road courses -- Portland in 2003 and Mid-Ohio in 1998-- career-best road course start was pole position at Monterey, Mexico, in 2002-- recorded seven top-10 finishes in 13 rounds of 2003 competition to date-- has qualified seventh or better in seven races to date, claiming his best starting position of third in St. Petersburg and Portland-- currently sits sixth in the championship with 77 points-- has finished over 50 percent of his 55 Champ Car career road course starts in the top 10 and has five road course podiums-- enters his 11th season of Champ Car competition with eight career wins and three pole positions-- 40 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 ninth in CART all-time career starts-- has 21 Champ Car career podiums to his credit-- last win was at Portland on June 22-- last pole position was at Milwaukee in 2002.

Gustavo del Campo, Team Manager:

"We qualified 12th. We had a small incident in the second morning practice. We brushed the wall and lost about 30 minutes. Chris and Adrian are working together on the balance of the car, and it looks like they are working in the right direction."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Tom Anderson