CHAMPCAR/CART: Motegi: Fernandez Racing qualifying report

Fernandez Racing Qualifying CART FedEx Championship Series -- Round Three Bridgestone Potenza 500 Twin Ring Motegi -- Motegi, Japan -- April 25-27 Broadcast: Saturday, April 27th -- SPEED Channel 12:30 pm EST Circuit: 1.548-mile oval Race: 201...

Fernandez Racing Qualifying
CART FedEx Championship Series -- Round Three
Bridgestone Potenza 500
Twin Ring Motegi -- Motegi, Japan -- April 25-27
Broadcast: Saturday, April 27th -- SPEED Channel 12:30 pm EST
Circuit: 1.548-mile oval
Race: 201 laps/311.148 miles

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

Starting 14th 26.485 210.413 mph

"I feel that the car is pretty well balanced so I don't know where the lack of speed is to be honest. It's not like I have a terrible push or terrible loose. The car was pretty good, but we are definitely missing something somewhere though. The race is another matter. It's a long race and we just hope that we can stay in contention."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his fifth Champ Car start at Motegi--only two-time winner, scoring back-to-back wins at the inaugural race in 1998 and in 1999-- best starting position at Motegi was second in 1998--started ninth last year, but retired with an electrical problem on Lap 148 and was credited with 16th place--only owner/driver in current Champ Car field--tied for fourth among active drivers in career wins with seven-- will be making his 148th career Champ Car start-- tied for 12th in CART career starts-- currently sits 15th in the championship-- has recorded points-paying finishes in over half of his 58 career oval starts-- four of his seven Champ Car career wins were on ovals -- Japan (1998/1999), Rio (2000) and Fontana (1999).

Shinji Nakano, #52 Alpine/Mitsuba Honda/Lola/Bridgestone:

Starting 18th 26.791 208.010 mph

"It's been a tough weekend so far. We have had so many problems and everything just seems to be going backwards at the moment. We changed the setup of the car for qualifying and I didn't have a good feeling with the car. Hopefully we can find a better setup for tomorrow."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his third Champ Car start at Motegi -- matched career-best finish of eighth at Motegi last year after starting 13th --will be making his 40th career Champ Car start-- is in his third season of Champ Car competition, and second year with Fernandez Racing-- currently sits 17th in the championship-- has 15 career oval starts, recording two top-10 oval finishes at Japan (2001) and Homestead (2000).

Tom Anderson, Co-owner/Managing Director:

"I think the thing that matters the most at Motegi, since it is our first superspeedway of the year, is consistency and that is what is going to pay dividends. Obviously we were not on the ragged edge of qualifying today so we are not in the top positions. With a 500-kilometer race ahead of us tomorrow, strategy and a consistent car all day -- which I believe we have -- should net a good result. I'm pretty optimistic about tomorrow and look forward to the challenge."

For more information, please visit www.fernandezracing.net and our media photo resource site at www.fernandezracing.net/media. For additional information on the CART FedEx Championship Series, please visit www.cart.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Shinji Nakano , Tom Anderson