CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto: Fernandez Racing Saturday report

Fernandez to Start 10th in Toronto Adrian Fernandez qualified 10th for the Molson Indy Toronto this afternoon as intermittent rain continued to plague on-track activities at the downtown street circuit. Fernandez, who was hindered by understeer...

Fernandez to Start 10th in Toronto

Adrian Fernandez qualified 10th for the Molson Indy Toronto this afternoon as intermittent rain continued to plague on-track activities at the downtown street circuit. Fernandez, who was hindered by understeer during the final qualifying session, will be chasing his fourth podium in 10 Champ Car starts at Toronto when the green flag drops tomorrow. Fernandez claimed his first win in Champ Car competition at the Molson Indy Toronto in 1996, was runner-up in 2000 and scored the first podium for Fernandez Racing in 2001 with a third-place run.

Sunday's 112-lap race, Round 10 of the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford, will be broadcast live on both CBS and Fox Sports en Espanol beginning at 12:30 pm ET.

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

"We're disappointed with 10th place. I thought the car was better. Unfortunately, we didn't have enough dry time and the car is not as good as we thought it would be. We are more than a second off the pace. The car has too much push. It just doesn't have enough grip so we need to get it right for tomorrow. I thought we would be better than this but certainly the car doesn't have the speed after having everybody on the track with slicks."

FAST FACTS:

Will be making his 10th Champ Car appearance at Toronto and his 170th Champ Car career start... won his first Champ Car race at Toronto in 1996 and has finished on the podium two additional times -- second in 2000 and third in 2001... best starting position at Toronto was third in 1996... finished ninth last year after qualifying 13th... currently sits seventh in the championship standings with 65 points... claimed his first win as an owner/driver in Portland three weeks ago... recorded five top-seven finishes in nine rounds of 2003 competition to date -- second at Long Beach, fourth in Monterrey, Mexico, sixth in Milwaukee, seventh at Laguna Seca and first in Portland... has qualified seventh or better in all but two races to date [Germany/Cleveland], claiming his best starting position of third in St. Petersburg and Portland... has finished over 50 percent of his 52 Champ Car career street course starts in the top 10 and has eight street course podiums... career best street course finishes were wins at Toronto in 1996 and Australia in 2000; career best street course start was second at Denver in 2002... 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.

Gustavo del Campo, Team Manager:

"It wasn't a good result. We expected to be in the top five but it is very difficult with the special conditions -- wet and dry, wet and dry. It was hard to get a clear lap, but this happens sometimes. I think we will have a good race car for tomorrow. It is not the perfect spot to start the race but we'll see what happens."

For more information, please visit http://www.fernandezracing.net. For additional information on the Champ Car World Series, please visit http://www.champcarworldseries.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Tom Anderson