AdriÃ¡n FernÃ¡ndez, Owner/Driver -- ...
Adrián Fernández, Owner/Driver -- #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Honda/Lola/Bridgestone:
Qualified: 11th 61.050 = 105.022 mph
"We improved the car a lot from yesterday. The car feels more normal. It's more of a race car than we have had in the last two races so that's pretty good. In qualifying, we made some changes for our second run but they weren't the right ones. On the entry of the corner, the car was a little loose. I was up on my time by two-tenths, but unfortunately the car stepped out on me. After that there wasn't any more grip on the tires to put in a good lap. In general it was a good effort compared to where we were yesterday."
FAST FACTS: Will be making his eighth Champ Car appearance at Vancouver and 155th Champ Car career start-- recorded his best finish of third at Vancouver in 2000 after starting 15th-- claimed his best starting position of 10th at Vancouver last year, but retired after contact on Lap 79-- missed the 1999 race due to a broken right wrist from a race practice accident at Detroit-- only owner/driver in current Champ Car field--tied for fourth among active drivers in career wins with seven-- is ranked 10th in CART all-time career starts-- currently sits 14th in the championship with 34 points-- has 47 career street course starts to his credit, claiming 23 top-10 finishes and seven podiums-- three of his seven Champ Car career wins were on road/street circuits -- Australia (2000), Mid-Ohio (1998) and Toronto (1996).
Shinji Nakano, Driver -- #52 Alpine/Mitsuba Honda/Lola/Bridgestone:
Qualified: 13th 61.249 104.681 mph
"I had a mechanical problem with the car which we couldn't fix during the session. I just had to continue with having the problem. I lost the clutch. I right-foot brake so I need the clutch to downshift and I lost it completely. Other than that, I think the car was okay. It was just a shame to have a problem like this in qualifying, but it is better that it happened now and not in the race. Hopefully we won't have any problems tomorrow."
FAST FACTS: Will be making his third Champ Car appearance at Vancouver and 47th career Champ Car start --finished 14th at Vancouver last year after starting 24th-- recorded his career-best Champ Car finish -- fourth in Toronto -- at the last street course race-- has finished in the points the past four events-- has made 13 career street course starts, claiming six points-paying finishes-- is in his third season of Champ Car competition, and second year with Fernandez Racing-- currently sits 16th in the championship with 31 points.
Tom Anderson, Co-Owner/Managing Director:
"I think this shows how competitive this series is. Adrian is seven-tenths off pole and Shinji is nine-tenths and we are 11th and 13th. It will be a tough race tomorrow with all the cars so close. Starting where we are, it gives us some options with the different pit strategies, and I know the guys will find a little bit more speed tonight. It should prove for a very entertaining race on a tight street circuit here in beautiful British Columbia."
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