Fernandez Fastest of the Day in Indy 500 Practice Weather: At the start of the first practice session (11:15 am - 12:30 pm CT), mostly cloudy and hazy with temperatures at 81F and southwest winds at 9 mph; the temperature at the beginning of...
Fernandez Fastest of the Day in Indy 500 Practice
Weather: At the start of the first practice session (11:15 am - 12:30 pm CT), mostly cloudy and hazy with temperatures at 81F and southwest winds at 9 mph; the temperature at the beginning of the second practice session (2:15 pm CT) was 84F with southwest winds at 10 mph; southwest winds picking up to 17 mph and temperatures increasing to 86F at 4:00 pm CT.
Practice Summary: Fernandez claimed the fastest speed of the first practice session (11:15 am - 12:30 pm CT) with a lap of 218.257 mph, running a total of 46 laps; Fernandez completed 65 laps in the second practice session (2:15 pm - 5:15 pm) with his earlier lap of 218.257 mph holding as fastest of the day.
Number of Laps: 111
Adrian Fernandez, #5 Quaker State/Telmex/Tecate Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone:
"It was a great day. We came up with a good plan, and we made it happen. We made some changes that really made the car much better in traffic, in different conditions and on my own. We have a very strong package and I'm very confident right now."
FAST FACTS: Qualified sixth for the Indianapolis 500-- 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 had a very good day. He felt comfortable with the car, and also made some gains with his balance in traffic and ran some quick speeds so we are pleased with that. He worked on some pit stops late in the day as we move towards race weekend. There are a couple of things left to do over the next few days -- a few more laps on the T-car and a few shakedown laps with the primary car before the race engine comes in next week. Congratulations to Honda on the Louis Schwitzer Award for their engineering excellence; well-deserved and greatly appreciated."