CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland: Fern?ndez Racing Saturday qualifying report

Adrián Fernández, Owner/Driver -- ...

Adrián Fernández, Owner/Driver -- #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Honda/Lola/Bridgestone:

Qualified: 15th 59.653 118.827 mph

"It's frustrating because we had a good car this morning. We didn't have the grip and the balance this afternoon and we really didn't do much to the car. We will have to see what exactly happened and what we can figure out for the race." ^Å FAST FACTS: Will be making his ninth Champ Car start at Portland.... best finish at Portland was fourth in 1999.... best start 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: 16th 59.888 118.361 mph

"We have been struggling a lot this weekend to find a good balance for the car. I still had a problem this morning and we had made a lot of changes. We decided to switch to the back-up car. This car was better and that is good news for tomorrow. We just have to keep working. We found five-tenths from this morning and maybe we can find another five-tenths for tomorrow. At the moment we don't know what the problem was this morning, but at least we made some progress in qualifying."

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).

Tom Anderson, Co-Owner/Managing Director:

"This obviously wasn't the day we were looking for at Portland. In engineering, sometimes you can learn by going the wrong direction. It can give you a better direction for the next day. In reality, Sunday is payday. It will be an interesting day -- 110 laps around Portland can always be very interesting and we are not out of this by any means. It gives the engineers another night to think about things and I'm looking forward to tomorrow."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Shinji Nakano , Tom Anderson