CHAMPCAR/CART: Vancouver: Fernandez Racing Friday report

Fernandez lines up 10th in provisional qualifying. Adrian Fernandez posted the 10th quickest time today in provisional qualifying for the Molson Indy Vancouver. Fernandez, who was sixth fastest overall after the two morning practice sessions, ...

Fernandez lines up 10th in provisional qualifying.

Adrian Fernandez posted the 10th quickest time today in provisional qualifying for the Molson Indy Vancouver. Fernandez, who was sixth fastest overall after the two morning practice sessions, battled an understeer problem during qualifying this afternoon. He is hoping to make gains tomorrow in the final session to set Sunday's grid, and better his career-best starting position to date of 10th on the 1.781-mile temporary street course.

Round 11 of the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford will be broadcast live on Fox Sports en Espanol at 4:00 pm ET Sunday, and shown at 9:30 pm ET on Speed Channel.

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

"The car feels good on older tires. When we put on new tires, it is the same problem. We develop a huge amount of push and can't balance the car. That has been our headache all year and that is where we are losing. I did my fastest time with a lot of laps on the tires. We just need to find a way to make the car more balanced with new tires because the car is more competitive than 10th place.

"It feels great to be in Vancouver. I love the city. It doesn't bother me what happened last year [with the accident]. It is out of my mind."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his ninth Champ Car appearance at Vancouver and his 171st Champ Car career start-- was involved in a multi-car late-race crash at Vancouver last year, sustaining two hairline fractures in his left pelvis which sidelined him for the next event at Mid-Ohio-- claimed best result at Vancouver in 2000, finishing third-- best starting position was 10th in 2001-- currently sits seventh in the championship with 69 points-- recorded six top-10 finishes in 10 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-- has qualified seventh or better in all but three races to date [Germany, Cleveland, Toronto], claiming his best starting position of third in St. Petersburg and Portland-- has finished over 52 percent of his 53 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:

"We have too much push in the car right now. Adrian and the engineers are working for tomorrow morning and I am confident we will be okay."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Tom Anderson