Fernandez Eighth After Long Rain Delay Weather: Rain throughout the morning with the track opening at 3:00 pm for practice; temperature at 3:00 pm was 75F with overcast conditions and winds out of the south at 14 mph; light rain was reported in...
Fernandez Eighth After Long Rain Delay
Weather: Rain throughout the morning with the track opening at 3:00 pm for practice; temperature at 3:00 pm was 75F with overcast conditions and winds out of the south at 14 mph; light rain was reported in Turn One at 3:50 pm, and the track went yellow for moisture in the pit lane at 3:55 pm; the track returned to green at 4:06 pm.
Practice Summary: Fernandez went out for practice at 3:20 pm, making his first run to date in the back-up (T-car); Fernandez completed 14 laps in the 5T car, posting a best lap of 220.629 mph which was good enough for P2 prior to the reports of moisture on the track; Ferandez returned to the track in his primary car at 5:15 pm, posting a best lap of 220.420 mph.
Number of Laps: 20 Primary/14 T-car
Adrian Fernandez, #5 Quaker State/Telmex/Tecate Panoz G
"Everything went well and we are ready to qualify."
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 had an excellent day today. I'm very pleased with the performance of both his backup and primary car. We were able to repeat so that the cars are acting similar. The mechanics and engineers have done a great job on that and we should be in line for some faster speeds tomorrow and ready for the Saturday qualifying."