Fernandez Sixth Fastest in Opening Day at Milwaukee Adrian Fernandez is off to a good start in preparation for his 12th major open wheel race at the historic Milwaukee Mile, the site of Round Nine in the IRL IndyCarÂ® Series championship.
Fernandez Sixth Fastest in Opening Day at Milwaukee
Adrian Fernandez is off to a good start in preparation for his 12th major open wheel race at the historic Milwaukee Mile, the site of Round Nine in the IRL IndyCar® Series championship. Fernandez set the sixth fastest time of the day overall this afternoon as practice activities began for Sunday's Menards AJ Foyt Indy 225.
Fernandez claimed his best results on the one-mile oval in 2002, starting on pole and finishing second. He will be looking to extend his streak of five consecutive top-10 finishes when the 225-lap race gets underway this Sunday.
Weather: For the start of practice, 65 F under mostly sunny skies with winds out of the northeast at 15 mph; 66 F at the start of the second practice session, under mostly sunny skies with 15 mph winds out of the east-northeast.
Practice Recap: First practice: after two 30-minute practice sessions (two groups) this morning, Fernandez was third fastest overall with a best lap of 22.2543 164.193 mph.
Adrian Fernandez, #5 Quaker State/Telmex/Tecate Panoz G
"We had a good day. The car had a good balance from this morning, and we made some changes this afternoon. Unfortunately, we lost a car with Kosuke having an accident [Matsuura spun and hit the Turn Four wall in the afternoon session; he was not injured]. That really made the session very short, and we had very little laps -- two tries and that's it. I think we are right there on the #5 side, and I think we have a lot of chances."