Fernandez Aiming for Top Spot as Pole Day Looms Fast Friday Rained Out Adrian Fernandez, ...
Fernandez Aiming for Top Spot as Pole Day Looms
Fast Friday Rained Out
Adrian Fernandez, #5 Quaker State/Telmex/Tecate Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone:
"It has been a good week for us so far with both cars and the whole team is working really well. Obviously the truth is going to come out tomorrow and it is a matter of weather, who has the right stuff for the right time and things like that but I think that one way or the other, we are going to be pretty competitive with both cars. It has been a good experience so far and our setup is good. It's been fun to hang out with Kosuke [Matsuura] and everyone here in the garage and in the pits, and see a lot of good friends. Now we just have to focus on tomorrow and have a good qualifying. I think our chances are very good to get the pole."
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:
"With the rain today, I think this could be a huge benefit for Adrian as some of the other teams I believe needed today to prepare. With Adrian running both of his cars at speed yesterday and changing Honda engines on Wednesday night for Thursday, I think that left us in a fairly strong position so I would say that Adrian has a very, very good chance at the pole or front row. It is going to be a very competitive grid. Thirteen cars have been over 220 mph, two of which were Adrian's. It could very well be the closest qualifying in Indy history for the pole position. It should be an interesting day tomorrow. The weather looks cool but it does look clear."