IRL: Motegi: Adrian Fernandez race report

Clutch Problem Ends Day for Fernandez Adrian Fernandez's second career IRL IndyCar® Series start came to an early end today with a clutch problem on Lap 153 of the 200-lap Indy Japan 300. Fernandez, who started 18th in the ...

Clutch Problem Ends Day for Fernandez

Adrian Fernandez's second career IRL IndyCar® Series start came to an early end today with a clutch problem on Lap 153 of the 200-lap Indy Japan 300. Fernandez, who started 18th in the #5 Quaker State/Telmex/Tecate Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone, was running in 13th position at the time. The race was won by Dan Wheldon, giving Honda its first win at the state-of-the-art Twin Ring Motegi circuit.

Fernandez Racing will head to Indianapolis Motor Speedway next week for a two-day test beginning April 27 in preparation for the next round of IndyCar Series competition -- the Indianapolis 500.

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

"Overall we had a good car for the race. Obviously there were a lot of things that were new for me to get used to, but we had a good car to start the race. We were able to pass a few guys, but I was not very quick coming in and out of the pits and that's where we lost our lap. We were doing great on the fuel mileage. I was having a few problems with the feel of the brakes and I actually hit some of my guys [coming in for a pit stop] but they are okay. I don't have a feel [for the brakes] and that is why I am losing so much time coming into the pits. Apart from that, it was a good race. Unfortunately something happened with the clutch. That was it. It was a good experience and we go from here to Indy. Congratulations to Honda on their win here at Motegi. I am very happy for them."

FAST FACTS: This was his second IRL IndyCar Series start-- qualified 13th for his IndyCar Series debut at Phoenix, but retired with a broken gearbox after taking the green flag-- has made five career starts at Motegi and recorded back-to-back wins in CART competition in 1998 and 1999-- best qualifying position at Motegi was second in 1998-- holds two additional career oval wins (Rio -- 2000 and Fontana -- 1999) and two pole positions (Milwaukee -- 2002, Michigan -- 1998)-- has made 65 career oval starts, posting 31 top-10 finishes and eight podiums-- 40 years old from Mexico City-- formed Fernandez Racing in the fall of 2000 with Tom Anderson.

Tom Anderson, Co-Owner/Managing Director:

"Congratulations to Honda and the tremendous effort they did this year. We want to congratulate them on their first victory here at Motegi; greatly deserved for their effort."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Dan Wheldon , Tom Anderson