IRL: Kansas: FR, Fernandez qualifying report

Fernandez Qualifies 11th at Kansas Speedway Adrian Fernandez will make his first career start on the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway tri-oval from the sixth row of the grid after qualifying 11th for the Argent Mortgage Kansas Indy 300. Fernandez's best...

Fernandez Qualifies 11th at Kansas Speedway

Adrian Fernandez will make his first career start on the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway tri-oval from the sixth row of the grid after qualifying 11th for the Argent Mortgage Kansas Indy 300. Fernandez's best lap of 26.3051 208.020 mph was only 0.2655 seconds off the fastest time set by fellow Honda driver Buddy Rice. Fernandez, who will be making his sixth career IRL IndyCar Series start, will be looking for his fourth consecutive top-10 result in tomorrow's 200-lap race.

Weather: At the start of practice, 73 F and overcast with winds out of the west/northwest at 8 to 13 mph; for qualifying, 75F and partly cloudy with winds out of the west at 15 mph.

Practice Recap: Fernandez completed a total of 61 laps during the two 30-minute practice sessions prior to qualifying, posting a best lap of 26.4430 207.014 mph.

Adrian Fernandez, #5 Quaker State/Telmex/Tecate Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone:

"We struggled a little bit this morning with some problems with the telemetry. For qualifying, we just didn't find more speed. On this track, everyone is flat-footed pretty easily. It is really the race that counts."

FAST FACTS: This will be his first appearance at Kansas Speedway and his sixth IRL IndyCar Series career start-- posted his best IndyCar Series results-to-date in the last three events with a seventh-place finish at Richmond, a fifth-place run at Texas and a seventh-place finish at the Indianapolis 500-- currently sits 15th in the championship standings, only 23 points out of the top 10 despite missing the season-opening race in Florida-- enters his 12th season of major open-wheel competition-- is the only Mexican driver to compete on a full-time basis in the IndyCar Series-- has 69 career oval starts to his credit, posting 34 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.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Buddy Rice