Fernandez Racing Continues Strong Performance on Day Two Weather: Initially low 80s (F), cloudy, southwest winds 16 mph with a brief thunderstorm early afternoon; track re-opened for afternoon practice at 4:45 pm with temperatures in the low ...
Fernandez Racing Continues Strong Performance on Day Two
Weather: Initially low 80s (F), cloudy, southwest winds 16 mph with a brief thunderstorm early afternoon; track re-opened for afternoon practice at 4:45 pm with temperatures in the low 80s.
Practice Summary: Good car first session; green track/low grip in afternoon
Number of Laps: 55 [Fernandez ended his first run at 12:30 pm and was shown in P1, completing 31 laps with a best of 219.118 mph; Fernandez was third quickest when the team completed its afternoon practice prior to the checkered flag.]
Adrian Fernandez, #5 Quaker State/Telmex/Tecate Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone: #"We had a good day even though it rained. The car was running fine but we developed a vibration at the end of the day. We didn't have a chance yet to find out what it was, but we are going to check it out. In general, it was a good day. Straightaway in the morning we were fast. I am very happy to finish in a strong position again for the second consecutive day. Kosuke [Matsuura] and I were both running strong. Kosuke had a little problem this morning but we were able to fix it."
FAST FACTS: Has made two IRL IndyCar Series career starts (Phoenix and Japan)-- last competed in the Indianapolis 500 in 1995, and was credited with 21st place after retiring with an engine problem-- made one additional start at Indianapolis in 1994, but a cut tire resulted in suspension damage and Fernandez was unable to finish-- best qualifying position at Indianapolis was 25th in 1995-- enters his 12th season of major open-wheel competition-- has 66 career oval starts to his credit, posting 31 top-10 finishes and eight podiums-- four of his eight major open-wheel wins have been on ovals (Rio 2000, Fontana 1999, Japan 1998/1999)-- last victory was in June of 2003 at Portland -- his first as an owner/driver-- 41 years old from Mexico City-- currently resides in Paradise Valley, Arizona.
Tom Anderson, Co-Owner/Managing Director:
"Adrian picked up right where he left off yesterday, hitting the marks two days in a row for the #5 Quaker State/Telmex/Tecate car. It is a big plus. If you can hit your marks two or three days in a row, it will set up something really good for Saturday."