IRL: Chicagoland: FR, Adrian Fernandez preview

Fernandez Looking for Repeat Performance Adrian Fernandez and Fernandez Racing head to Chicagoland Speedway this weekend for the Delphi Indy 300, looking to replicate their last 1.5-mile oval appearance. Just five months after sitting behind the...

Fernandez Looking for Repeat Performance

Adrian Fernandez and Fernandez Racing head to Chicagoland Speedway this weekend for the Delphi Indy 300, looking to replicate their last 1.5-mile oval appearance. Just five months after sitting behind the wheel of an IndyCar Series car for the very first time, Fernandez claimed his inaugural Indy Racing League victory at Kentucky Speedway's 1.5-mile circuit. With three races remaining on the 2004 IRL IndyCar® Series calendar and after strong performances in the past four events, Fernandez will be striving for his second trip to Victory Circle this weekend.

* Will be making his first career start at Chicagoland Speedway and his 13th IRL IndyCar Series start

* Claimed his first career IndyCar Series victory at Kentucky Speedway in his 10th IRL start

* Followed Kentucky win with a second-place finish at Pikes Peak three weeks ago

* Has finished eighth or better in eight of 12 IndyCar Series starts

* Best IndyCar Series starting position to date was fourth at Kentucky Speedway

* Currently sits seventh in the championship point standings, two points out of sixth place

Adrian Fernandez, #5 Quaker State/Telmex/Tecate Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone:

"I am looking forward to the final three races of the season, and I think we will be very strong. As a team, we really turned things around last month and showed that we have reached the next level. We had top-two finishes at both Kentucky and Pikes Peak and, if it weren't for a couple of mistakes -- a spin on pit lane at Michigan and a restart problem at Nazareth -- I really believe we could have walked away with four top-three results. I have never been to Chicagoland Speedway, but we have been very competitive on the 1.5-mile tracks and we have a lot of confidence and momentum going into the race. We also have a lot of friends and fans in the Chicago area that we have not seen in two years, so I am looking forward to this weekend."

FAST FACTS: Enters his 12th season of major open-wheel competition-- is the only competing owner/driver in the IndyCar Series field and the only Mexican driver to compete on a full-time basis in the IndyCar Series-- five of his nine major open-wheel wins have been on ovals (Kentucky 2004, Rio 2000, Fontana 1999, Japan 1998/1999)-- has made 76 career oval starts to date, claiming 40 top-10 finishes (53%)-- 41 years old from Mexico City-- currently resides in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

-www.fernandezracing.net

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