IRL: Nashville: FR, Fernandez race report

Adrian Fernandez claimed his fifth consecutive top-10 finish with a 10th-place run in the Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway this evening. Fernandez, who started 13th, moved into third place after pitting for fuel only on his second pit...

Adrian Fernandez claimed his fifth consecutive top-10 finish with a 10th-place run in the Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway this evening. Fernandez, who started 13th, moved into third place after pitting for fuel only on his second pit stop. However, an extremely loose-handling car on restarts was costly and Fernandez lost several positions throughout the course of the 200-lap race.

Adrian Fernandez, #5 Quaker State/Telmex/Tecate Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone:
“I had a good car and we had a good strategy on old tires. We didn’t change tires on our second pit stop and moved up to the front. We were running fourth, but I was really suffering on the restarts. I don’t know what happened but every time on a restart, I was losing positions dramatically. We have to investigate what the problem is because it was pretty obvious. A few times I anticipated the restart and I still got beat. There were also a few accidents in front of me where I lost some positions, but we lost most of our positions on the restarts. It was really a frustrating day.”

FAST FACTS: This was his first appearance at Nashville Superspeedway and his seventh IRL IndyCar Series career start… has finished in the top 10 in the past five events… best IndyCar Series finish to date was fifth in Texas… best IndyCar Series starting position was sixth at the Indianapolis 500… currently sits 12th in the championship standings, only 16 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 70 career oval starts to his credit, posting 35 top-10 finishes (50%) 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 tough race for Adrian but we had a good result. We still have a problem with the setup on the restarts. The car goes too loose – a big loose – every restart and he loses confidence with the car. This is the reason that we lose positions every restart. Under these kind of conditions, to finish in the top 10 is very good and we still have a good momentum. Kosuke [Matsuura] had a very good result and finished ninth. We need to work more on the setup of the car.”

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