CHAMPCAR/CART: St. Pete: Fernandez Racing race report

Adrián Fernández, Owner/Driver -- ...

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

"I was hit in the back by Mario Dominguez on the last restart. Everybody was nose-to-tail and he hit me from behind which bent the right rear upright. And, earlier in the race, [Sebastian] Bourdais had a flat tire and he blocked me when I was running in second and we lost a lot of time. I am not very happy today.

"For some reason we started losing the car after our first pit stop. It was very difficult to drive. I could not put the power down anywhere. We made some changes and were expecting some good things but unfortunately we never had a chance to see if those changes worked.

"Physically, I feel fine. There were a lot of yellows so it was hard to get into a rhythm. Conditions with my car were very slippery so I really couldn't do anything there."

FAST FACTS: This was his 161st Champ Car career start -- is in his 11th season of Champ Car competition with seven career wins and three pole positions -- best career road/street course start was pole position in Monterrey, Mexico, last year -- best career road/street course finishes were wins in Australia (2000), Mid-Ohio (1998) and Toronto (1996)-- Has finished over half of his 50 career street course starts in the top 10-- thirty-seven 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 11th in CART all-time career starts-- made Champ Car debut at Long Beach in 1993-- has 19 Champ Car career podiums to his credit-- last win was at Australia in 2000-- last pole position was at Milwaukee in 2002-- looking for his first win as an owner/driver-- the last win by an owner/driver was in 1992 when Bobby Rahal won at Nazareth.

Gustavo del Campo, Team Manager:

"We had a very good start but something happened after our first pit stop. Adrian started to lose the rear of the car. It kept getting worse and worse. We need to check what happened back at the shop because something was definitely wrong."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Bobby Rahal , Mario Dominguez , Tom Anderson