Adrian Fernandez, Owner/Driver -- ...
Adrian Fernandez, Owner/Driver -- #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Honda/Lola/Bridgestone:
Qualified: 18th 63.407 101.118 mph
"I never managed to put in a good lap. It's one of those things when you take a chance to go out at the end of the session, and everybody did. The red flags affected everyone. I didn't have a representative lap. I think the car is better than this morning but I don't know by how much because I never got into a rhythm and did consistent laps. On my fast lap, there was a red flag. Then we had traffic. Shinji was ahead of me and there were cars in front of him that were slower and it was a chain reaction. Tomorrow we may have to go early to put a safe lap, and then go with everybody at the end."
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: 11th 62.470 102.635 mph
"We improved the car from this morning and it was pretty good for qualifying. I think everybody had the same problem with the red flags during the session, and I also had a problem with traffic on my second set of tires. I was two-tenths faster up to that point, which probably cost me three positions. At least we know that the car is pretty competitive. Tomorrow we have to continue to work on the setup and find a spot to go for it in qualifying. I am reasonably happy. I think my engineer [Martin Pare] did a good job and we will hopefully go forward 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 we had a lesson in traffic jams today. When everyone waits until the end of the session [to go out] and you have two reds within that time period, it totally messes up everyone's strategy. There were a lot of guys today, including Adrian and Shinji, that didn't have an opportunity to run clear laps and that just comes from being greedy. You want to have the track at its best condition, which is later on in the run when you have more rubber on the circuit. I think you will see people being a little bit more conservative tomorrow in order to get all their laps in."