CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise: Fernandez Racing Saturday report

Fernandez will start fifth in Surfers Paradise Adrian Fernandez will make his ninth start on the streets of Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia, from the third row of the grid after qualifying fifth this afternoon for Sunday's Lexmark Indy...

Fernandez will start fifth in Surfers Paradise

Adrian Fernandez will make his ninth start on the streets of Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia, from the third row of the grid after qualifying fifth this afternoon for Sunday's Lexmark Indy 300. Fernandez, who was second fastest in the morning practice session, has been hovering near the top of the time charts throughout the weekend.

The 2000 race winner, Fernandez will be chasing his second victory on the 2.795-mile temporary street circuit tomorrow. To date, no driver has been able to score a repeat victory on the challenging track.

The Lexmark Indy 300, Round 18 of the 19-race 2003 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford, will be broadcast live on Speed Channel and Fox Sports en Espanol beginning at 12:30 am ET this Sunday.

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

"The conditions for qualifying were much better today. Yesterday there was a lot of sand [on the track] because of the wind. Unfortunately for us, we didn't manage to keep our position from this morning. We were P1 and P2 most of the time. I was struggling with the brakes on my qualifying run. I brushed the wall slightly on my first set of tires and I don't know if that could have caused some of the problems I was having. I think we still can win from fifth place. We have a very consistent car and I am confident for the race."

FAST FACTS:

Will be making his 178th Champ Car career start and his ninth start at Surfers Paradise-- is the 2000 race winner-- recorded an additional podium at Surfers Paradise in 1999, finishing third-- was involved in a multi-car incident at the start of the race last year and was sidelined for the remainder of the season, missing two races due to compression fractures of the T2 and T3 vertebrae-- best qualifying effort at Surfers Paradise was fourth in 1994-- currently sits eighth in the championship with 104 points-- recorded 11 top-10 finishes in 18 rounds of 2003 competition to date-- has qualified seventh or better in nine races to date, claiming his best starting position of pole position at Miami-- is in his 11th season of Champ Car competition and holds eight career wins and four 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 ninth 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 Miami on September 28.

Gustavo del Campo, Team Manager:

"We qualified fifth and I think it is a very good team effort. It looks like there will be a good fight tomorrow at the front of the grid with the top five guys because they are very close. I think we have a good chance to finish on the podium."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Tom Anderson