Fernandez 12th at Road America Adrian Fernandez finished 12th this afternoon in a wet day of racing at the Mario Andretti Grand Prix of Road America. After completing six laps under heavy rain, the race was red-flagged and weather conditions ...
Fernandez 12th at Road America
Adrian Fernandez finished 12th this afternoon in a wet day of racing at the Mario Andretti Grand Prix of Road America. After completing six laps under heavy rain, the race was red-flagged and weather conditions caused a delay of over two hours before a restart was possible. The total race distance, originally scheduled for 60 laps, was reduced to 34. Fernandez, who started ninth, ran as high as fifth. He fell to 13th after losing time on his second pit stop for an adjustment to the car.
Adrian Fernandez, Owner/Driver -- #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:
"I am very disappointed with the team. This was the perfect opportunity to get some points and we threw it all away."
This was 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:
"It was obviously a tough day for us. Twelfth position was not what we were capable of here today. Had the conditions been dry, it would have been better for all the fans. With the changes we made last night, I think we would have had a really competitive car in the dry. As it turned out, with the amount of rain that started off, we compensated with more downforce in the rear. During the rainy part of the race early on, we lost a lot of top speed. We were probably losing four to five mph on the straight. We had too much rear downforce and also put too much push in the car. We took the chance on the pit stop to remove the rear Gurney which was the only Gurney we had on at the time. This left the car too loose. We were overcompensated in reality. We had too much push to start with in the first segment which left Adrian behind on the straight by quite a bit, and then left it too loose in the corners for him to keep up at the end. We didn't hit that sweet spot with the wet setup today and only managed 12th. It's not what we wanted, but we will get them next week at Mid-Ohio."