IRL: Fernandez Racing files Indy 500 entry

Fernandez Racing Files Entry For 88th Indianapolis 500 INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, March 12, 2004 - Fernandez Racing filed an entry for the 2004 Indianapolis 500 on March 12, one day after it announced it was moving immediately to the Indy Racing ...

Fernandez Racing Files Entry For 88th Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, March 12, 2004 - Fernandez Racing filed an entry for the 2004 Indianapolis 500 on March 12, one day after it announced it was moving immediately to the Indy Racing League(R) IndyCar(R) Series.

Team co-owner Adrian Fernandez, a longtime open-wheel veteran, was named as the driver on the entry.

"I am looking forward to the month of May and the Indy 500," said Fernandez, who competed full time in CART from 1994-2003. "We are hitting the ground running, and I know we will have a lot of support along the way."

The 88th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 30 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Entries must be postmarked by midnight March 31. Qualifications for the 33-car starting field begin on Pole Day, Saturday, May 15.

Fernandez, a native of Mexico City now living in Phoenix, will drive the No. 5 Quaker State Telmex Tecate Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone. A backup car also has been entered.

Mike Sales is the chief mechanic, with Gustavo Del Campo the team manager.

Fernandez will attempt to make his third Indianapolis 500 start but his first since 1995. His best finish of 21st came in 1995. Fernandez finished 28th as a rookie in 1994.

This is the second Indy entry for team owner Fernandez. Super Aguri Fernandez Racing, co-owned by Fernandez and former Formula One driver Aguri Suzuki, filed an entry March 4 for rookie Kosuke Matsuura. That team also is a full-time participant in the IndyCar Series.

*** <pre> 2004 INDIANAPOLIS 500 ENTRIES (as of March 12)

Driver              Entrant                      Car                               C/E/T  Entry Date
Kosuke Matsuura (R) Super Aguri Fernandez Racing 55, 55T Panasonic ARTA            G/H/F  March 4
Adrian Fernandez    Fernandez Racing              5, 5T Quaker State Telmex Tecate G/H/F  March 12

Key: C/E/T-Chassis/Engine/Tire; D-Dallara; G-Panoz G Force; C-Chevrolet; H-Honda; T-Toyota; F-Firestone (R)-Indianapolis 500 rookie; TBA-to be announced.

ENTRY SUMMARY

DRIVERS (2)
Former race winners: None.
Former pole winners: None.
Rookies (1): Kosuke Matsuura.
U.S. born: None.
Foreign born (2): Kosuke Matsuura, Japan; Adrian Fernandez, Mexico.
Youngest: Kosuke Matsuura, 24.
Oldest: Adrian Fernandez, 40.
Most previous starts: Adrian Fernandez, 2.

CARS (4)
Chassis: Panoz G Force 4.
Engines: Honda 4.

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Tickets: Tickets are available for the 2004 Indianapolis 500 on May 30. For information, log on to www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, or call the IMS ticket office at (800) 822-INDY or (317) 492-6700.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Kosuke Matsuura , Aguri Suzuki