Fernandez Back on Pace/Fourth Quickest in Practice Weather: Overcast and 70 F with winds out of the east at 6 mph when the track opened for practice; 76F, mostly cloudy with variable winds at 6 mph in the early afternoon; temperatures warming...
Fernandez Back on Pace/Fourth Quickest in Practice
Weather: Overcast and 70 F with winds out of the east at 6 mph when the track opened for practice; 76F, mostly cloudy with variable winds at 6 mph in the early afternoon; temperatures warming to low 80s in the afternoon under sunny skies; completely overcast with winds picking up and temperatures in the upper 70s late afternoon; rain began at 5:30 pm.
Practice Summary: Fernandez went out for practice at 11:15 am and completed 8 laps before returning to the garage for a setup change due to push (understeer); Fernandez returned to the track at 1:45 pm and set the third fastest time at that point on his 21st lap of the day; Fernandez returned to the garage at 2:20 for additional setup changes; Fernandez went out for his final practice run at 4:17 pm, which was cut short due to rain at 5:30 pm.
Adrian Fernandez, #5 Quaker State/Telmex/Tecate Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone:
"Another good day; both cars ran well. Kosuke ran a lot more laps than I did because we had a little problem this morning. At the end of the day, we put in some laps and we were pretty happy with the car. I need to run a little bit more in traffic tomorrow. Overall, it was a good result and a good comeback for us after a problem in the morning."
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:
"We ran a lot of laps today with Adrian, full tanks and matching the fuel loads with the tire wear. It was the first day of getting race setups organized, and I'm pretty happy with where we left off this afternoon. It was a good day and we hope the weather will be good the next couple of days to finalize the race setup."