IRL: Michigan: FR, Adrian Fernandez race report

Fernandez 12th after Eventful Day in Michigan For Adrian Fernandez, the battles at Michigan International Speedway were not on the race track but on pit lane. Fernandez was involved in two separate pit lane incidents in today's Michigan Indy 400.

Fernandez 12th after Eventful Day in Michigan

For Adrian Fernandez, the battles at Michigan International Speedway were not on the race track but on pit lane. Fernandez was involved in two separate pit lane incidents in today's Michigan Indy 400. The first incident occurred on Lap 126 when Fernandez, then shown in seventh position, had contact with Vitor Meira as he was exiting his pit box and Meira was coming in. Fernandez sustained damage to his front wing and had to pit again two laps later.

The second incident occurred on Lap 158 as he entered pit lane for his final stop of the day. Fernandez, who was running third at the time, spun while entering his pit box and collected a member of teammate Kosuke Matsuura's pit crew, Rhodri Griffiths [outside front/lead mechanic]. Griffiths was able to complete the race, but is being taken to a local hospital for precautionary x-rays for neck pain. Fernandez was given a stop-and-go penalty for the incident. He finished in 12th position.

NEXT UP: The Belterra Casino Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway on August 15.

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

"It was a tough day, and it was a shame because we had a good car. We were battling well on the race track, passing cars and having fun. I had an incident with Vitor Meira when I was coming out of the pits and he was coming in. Then when I was running third, I came into the pits under yellow and I came in too hot, hit the brakes and it spun me around. I hit one of my guys [Rhodri Griffiths, outside front for Kosuke Matsuura] and I also screwed up Kosuke's pit stop. I got a penalty for that, which was a good call. Two mistakes unfortunately, but we learned from this."

Gustavo Del Campo, Team Manager:

"We had a bad result but we had a really strong weekend. We proved we can be in the front and we can fight. I think we showed everybody that we were there today. Unfortunately, we had a couple of mistakes in the pits."

FAST FACTS: This was his ninth major open-wheel start at Michigan and his ninth IRL IndyCar Series career start-- last competed at Michigan in 2001-- best finish at Michigan was third in 1995-- best starting position was pole in 1998, his first major open-wheel career pole-- best finish to date was fifth at Texas-- best starting position was sixth at Milwaukee and Indianapolis-- currently sits 12th in the championship standings-- 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 72 career oval starts to his credit, posting 36 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 , Kosuke Matsuura , Vitor Meira