CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto: Fern?ndez Racing Friday qualifying report

Adrián Fernández, Owner/Driver -- ...

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

Qualified: 13th 59.479 106.222 mph

"Basically we are a little off on the setup. With some of the changes we made in qualifying, I think we are going to be in good shape for tomorrow. It's very close. There are just a few guys that are a little bit faster than everybody, but we are not that far from the top six. We just have to make the car better for tomorrow."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his ninth Champ Car appearance at Toronto and his 153rd Champ Car career start---recorded his first Champ Car career win at Toronto in 1996---has finished on the podium in Toronto the past two years ^Ö third in 2001, the first podium finish for Fernández Racing, and second in 2000 ---posted top-nine finishes in six of eight starts at Toronto ---best starting position at Toronto was third in 1996---only owner/driver in current Champ Car field^Åtied for fourth among active drivers in career wins with seven--- is ranked 10th in CART all-time career starts---currently sits 13th in the championship with 28 points^Å 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: 12th 59.400 106.364 mph

"The car was not bad. I just couldn't get a clear lap. That was the problem. I think we have a car that should have been a lot higher up, and at least we have tomorrow."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his third Champ Car appearance at Toronto and his 45th career Champ Car start---finished ninth last year after starting 26th following a crash in qualifying---started 21st in 2000 but retired with an electrical problem and was credited with 14th place---has made 26 career road/street course starts, claiming seven points paying finishes and two top-10 finishes (Toronto 2001 and Houston 2000)--- posted career best road/street course finish of eighth at Houston (2000); best start was ninth at Detroit (2001)---is in his third season of Champ Car competition, and second year with Fernández Racing---currently sits 17th in the championship with 16 points.

Tom Anderson, Co-Owner/Managing Director:

"Today was a good test day. In reality, unless you are number one in qualifying on Friday, everything else will move around quite a bit especially here at Toronto because the race track is going to get a lot better tomorrow. The guys today are still a second off of pole time last year. We have a lot of good information from today, and sometimes you learn what not to do as well as what to do. I have a lot of confidence in our race engineers and I think both Adrian and Shinji will move well up the grid tomorrow and be contenders on Sunday."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Shinji Nakano , Tom Anderson