CHAMPCAR/CART: Road America: Fernandez Racing Friday report

Fernandez Fourth Fastest in Provisional Qualifying Adrian Fernandez posted the fourth fastest time in provisional qualifying this afternoon for the Mario Andretti Grand Prix at Road America, Round 12 of the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car...

Fernandez Fourth Fastest in Provisional Qualifying

Adrian Fernandez posted the fourth fastest time in provisional qualifying this afternoon for the Mario Andretti Grand Prix at Road America, Round 12 of the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. Fernandez, who was 10th quickest overall after the morning practice sessions, turned a best lap of 1:44.725 (139.140 mph) in a tight qualifying session with only 0.013 seconds separating positions two through four.

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

"Surprisingly the car was good for qualifying. I was not very optimistic after the morning practice, but the car had a better balance. Obviously we still had some of the same problems but in another level. It was a nice surprise to have the car fast and we were very tight to second place. We just need to improve it a little bit in two corners where I am having some gear problems and it should be better. I think we have a good baseline right now."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his 11th Champ Car start at Road America and his 172nd Champ Car career start-- has finished on the podium three times at Road America in the past four years -- third (2001), second (2000) and third (1999)-- has finished in the top six at Road America in six of 10 starts-- best starting position at Road America was fifth in 1999 and 2000; best finish was second in 2000-- recorded six top-10 finishes in 11 rounds of 2003 competition to date -- second at Long Beach, fourth in Monterrey, Mexico, sixth in Milwaukee, seventh at Laguna Seca, first in Portland and ninth in Toronto-- claimed his best 2003 starting position of third in St. Petersburg and Portland-- has finished over 23 percent of his 53 Champ Car career road course starts in the top five and holds five road course podiums-- career best road course finishes were wins at Portland this year and Mid-Ohio in 1998; career best road course start was pole at Monterrey, Mexico, in 2002-- currently seventh in the championship with 70 points-- 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 10th 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.

Tom Anderson, Managing Director:

"I am pleased with Adrian's performance today. I knew he had it in him so it was just a matter of getting a good car underneath him, and I think the engineers have made a good step towards that today. I am pleased with the car and happy with the tire performance from the Bridgestones. If we can make a little bit more of an improvement in the car, I know Adrian has another second in him. With a little bit better race track tomorrow, I'm looking forward to moving up."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Mario Andretti , Tom Anderson