Fernandez, 11th, Getting Up to Speed on First Full Day Weather: At the start of practice, 86 F with winds out of the west-southwest at 10 mph. At 3:00 pm, 90 F with winds out of the southwest at eight mph. Yellow flag for moisture at 5:30 ...
Fernandez, 11th, Getting Up to Speed on First Full Day
Weather: At the start of practice, 86 F with winds out of the west-southwest at 10 mph. At 3:00 pm, 90 F with winds out of the southwest at eight mph. Yellow flag for moisture at 5:30 pm.
Practice Summary: Fernandez took to the track at 12:00 pm, completing 35 laps with a top speed of 224.326 mph in his first run with the #5 car. He went out for his second and final run of the day at 4:10 pm, completing an additional 35 laps with a top speed of 225.217 mph.
Adrian Fernandez, #5 Investment Properties of America Panoz/Honda/Firestone:
"Today was really our first day of running. We had some problems with the seat yesterday. In general, it felt fine but I don't feel very comfortable with the car. We struggled a little bit in the morning and the car is still not quite there. This was our first day so it was a good start. We have to regroup, check all of our settings and see what Scott and Kosuke did to get ready for tomorrow. I am pretty confident for the weekend.
"It feels really good to be back. I haven't driven [an IndyCar Series car] since the last test we had in Homestead [in December], but everything came back quick and it feels good to be back in the driver's seat again."
ADRIAN FERNANDEZ FAST FACTS: Will be preparing for his fourth Indianapolis 500 start and 16th IRL IndyCar Series career start-- qualified sixth and finished seventh last year, the highest finishing position by a Mexican driver in the history of the Indianapolis 500-- will be making his first IndyCar Series appearance of the 2005 season-- last IndyCar Series race was Texas on October 17, 2004-- Last drove an IndyCar Series car on December 8, 2004, during a Firestone tire test on the Homestead-Miami Speedway oval-- made his IndyCar Series career debut in 2004, winning three of the last six races to finish fifth in the championship-- last win was at California Speedway on October 3, 2004-- last race contested was the Busch Series race in Mexico City on March 6 where Fernandez finished 10th in his series' debut-- major open-wheel career record includes 193 starts, 11 wins and 25 podiums-- 42 years old from Mexico City, Mexico-- currently resides in Paradise Valley, Arizona.