IRL: Kansas: FR, Fernandez race report

Fernandez Finishes Sixth in Kansas City Adrian Fernandez claimed his fourth consecutive top seven finish this afternoon with a sixth-place run in the Argent Mortgage Kansas Indy 300. This was his first career start on the 1.5-mile Kansas...

Fernandez Finishes Sixth in Kansas City

Adrian Fernandez claimed his fourth consecutive top seven finish this afternoon with a sixth-place run in the Argent Mortgage Kansas Indy 300. This was his first career start on the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway tri-oval and his sixth career IRL IndyCar® Series start. Fernandez, who qualified 11th aboard the #5 Quaker State/Telmex/Tecate Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone, has moved up to 12th in the point standings, just 15 points outside the top 10.

Next Up: The Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway on July 17.

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

"We had a good race right from the beginning. We didn't have a car for [Buddy] Rice or [Vitor] Meira or Tony [Kanaan]. I thought I could fight with Dario [Franchitti] and Bryan Herta. We had a good race and good pit stops. I had a problem on one of my pit stops when I overshot and came in too close, so we lost a few positions there. Overall, the car was decent. It wasn't a car for a win, but we should have stayed for fourth. Unfortunately, on the [last] restart, I got too loose. Either I had too many marbles on the tires or something because I was very loose. It really put me out of contention. I couldn't get back my rhythm and when I got it back, I had too much push. I'm happy with sixth place. Honda gave us a tremendous engine and that shows in the results. I want to say thanks to them for their efforts; they have been working hard. The Firestone tires were also excellent today. In general, it was a good weekend. We are consistently there and now we need a little break to get to the front."

FAST FACTS: This was 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 four events with a sixth-place finish today, aseventh-place finish at Richmond, a fifth-place run at Texas and a seventh-place finish at the Indianapolis 500-- currently sits 12th in the championship standings, only 15 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.

Gustavo Del Campo, Team Manager:

"It was a good result for Fernandez Racing. Adrian was able to run with the front guys and he has a good momentum. We had good pit stops, but we need to work more on the car. We are moving in the right direction."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Bryan Herta