IRL: Indy 500: Adrian Fernandez day nine report

Mo Nunn Fernandez Racing Trackside Report May 18, 2005 Fernandez Makes Big Gains as Practice Continues at Indy Weather: 74 F with winds out of the south at 10 mph for the start of practice. At 3:00 pm, 78 with winds at 12 mph out of the ...

Mo Nunn Fernandez Racing Trackside Report May 18, 2005

Fernandez Makes Big Gains as Practice Continues at Indy

Weather:  74 F with winds out of the south at 10 mph for the start of
practice.  At 3:00 pm, 78 with winds at 12 mph out of the southeast.

Practice Summary: Fernandez reaped the benefits of a full day of track time, building on the team's progress with the #5 machine and remedying a few issues. Fernandez ended his run at 4:55 pm and was shown third on the speed charts. Thunderstorms are forecast for tomorrow.

Adrian Fernandez, #5 Investment Properties of America Panoz/Honda/Firestone:

"Unfortunately, we found something on the car that had limited our speed for qualifying. Now that we found it, the car is pretty quick. It is pretty good. Right now we are just working on judging how much downforce we need. We improved the car a lot from this morning, and I am pretty happy."

ADRIAN FERNANDEZ FAST FACTS: Qualified 14th 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.

-www.fernandezracing.net

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Mo Nunn