Fernandez Finishes Eighth in Milwaukee Adrian Fernandez, ...
Fernandez Finishes Eighth in Milwaukee
Adrian Fernandez, #5 Quaker State/Telmex/Tecate Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone:
"It was a difficult race. There were not many good [handling] cars out there. My car was okay on my own, but I was not very good in traffic. Any time that I got close to a car, I got really loose -- a lot of push but a lot of loose. I could hold on there but I was very bad on the restarts. I almost lost it a few times so it was difficult in that respect. I was just trying to hang on there. I had some traffic that I couldn't get around like other people could because as soon as I got close to other guys, I really got a lot of push and then, on the exit, a lot of looseness. That really prevented us from getting to the front. I don't think Tony Kanaan, for example, had a better car than us but I think he was working a little bit better in traffic than us."
FAST FACTS: This was his eighth IRL IndyCar Series start-- recorded three top-five finishes and eight top-10 finishes in 12 starts at Milwaukee-- recorded his best results at Milwaukee in 2002, starting on pole and finishing second-- has posted six consecutive top-10 finishes in the last six IndyCar events-- best IndyCar Series finish to date was fifth at Texas-- best IndyCar Series start was sixth at Milwaukee and the Indianapolis 500-- currently sits 12th in the championship standings, only 21 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 71 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.
Gustavo Del Campo, Team Manager:
"It was a very good race and the series continues to improve the show. All the teams and drivers are very close, and this is not an easy series for sure. We came home with both cars complete. We had a problem in the traffic and lost three positions. We had a car to finish in the top five and we finished eighth, and we'll take it. We are working to have a better car each weekend."