AdriÃ¡n FernÃ¡ndez, Owner/Driver -- ...
Adrián Fernández, Owner/Driver -- #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Honda/Lola/Bridgestone:
Qualified: 11th 59.650 118.833 mph
"We had a good run in practice this morning and were seventh [fastest], so it looked good in that respect. The car still didn't feel comfortable and we made some changes. On my first run in qualifying, the car was very loose. On the second run, I had a lot of understeer. We did improve the car considerably from our first run, but still we need something in the middle. At the beginning of the morning practice session and our first run in qualifying, we weren't able to handle the rear [of the car]. The change we made before our second qualifying run really stabilized the rear, but I lost two-tenths in the corners with a lot of push and two-tenths puts you around fourth or fifth place. Hopefully we can improve tomorrow."
FAST FACTS: Will be making his ninth Champ Car start at Portland.... best finish at Portland was fourth in 1999.... best start to date at Portland was fifth in 1999.... has finished in the points in six of eight Portland starts.... only owner/driver in current Champ Car field....tied for fourth among active drivers in career wins with seven.... will be making his 151st Champ Car career start and is ranked 10th in CART all-time career starts.... currently sits 11th in the championship with 28 points.... has scored 11 podium finishes in 90 career road/street course starts.... three of his seven Champ Car career wins were on road/street circuits ^Ö Australia (2000), Mid-Ohio (1998) and Toronto (1996).
Shinji Nakano, Driver -- #52 Alpine/Mitsuba Honda/Lola/Bridgestone:
Qualified: 17th 60.579 117.011 mph
"We are just struggling with the setup of the car. I had a big oversteer this morning, and a huge understeer this afternoon. I couldn't push the car at all. We have to find a better setup for tomorrow."
FAST FACTS: Will be making his third Champ Car start at Portland and 43rd career Champ Car start....started 18th at Portland last year but retired after contact on Lap 38 and was credited with 22nd place.... finished 11th at Portland in 2000 after starting 21st.... is in his third season of Champ Car competition, and second year with Fernández Racing.... currently sits 18th in the championship with four points.... has 25 career road/street course starts, recording two top-10 finishes at Toronto (2001) and Houston (2000).