IRL: Nazareth: FR, Fernandez race report

Fernandez Seventh in Nazareth After Restart Miscue Adrian Fernandez claimed his ninth top-10 finish in 12 IRL IndyCar® Series starts with a seventh place result this afternoon in the Firestone Indy 225 at Nazareth Speedway. Fernandez qualified...

Fernandez Seventh in Nazareth After Restart Miscue

Adrian Fernandez claimed his ninth top-10 finish in 12 IRL IndyCar® Series starts with a seventh place result this afternoon in the Firestone Indy 225 at Nazareth Speedway. Fernandez qualified sixth and had moved up to fourth position by Lap 13. He fell to fifth after losing a position to eventual race winner Dan Wheldon while exiting pit lane on his first stop, and was shown in sixth position on Lap 103 after getting caught behind a lapped car. Fernandez worked his way back up to fourth, but a misunderstanding as to the green flag status on the second to the last restart [Lap 170] resulted in the loss of three positions.

Fernandez maintains his seventh-place ranking in the championship standings, but has closed the gap to sixth place and now trails Sam Hornish Jr. by only two points.

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

"Another good weekend but, unfortunately, we lost our fourth-place position due to a misunderstanding in communication. It was nobody's fault. On one of the last restarts at the end, I was trying to anticipate the restart. I passed a few guys before the green but then I heard 'no green' and I got confused thinking the start was a wave off, meaning it wasn't going to happen. I backed off and was in the wrong gear and suddenly I see the green. We lost three positions stupidly because it is so hard to pass here and we gave away three positions very easy and that was it. My car was as good as any car on the track. I passed two guys at the beginning of the race and went from sixth to fourth. This was just a stupid mistake of not understanding what was happening, but we learned from this one. It was nobody's fault."

FAST FACTS: This was his ninth career start at Nazareth Speedway and his 12th IRL IndyCar Series start-- claimed his first IndyCar Series victory at Kentucky Speedway two weeks ago-- finished second at Pikes Peak last weekend-- best IndyCar starting position to date was fourth at Kentucky-- currently sits seventh in the championship standings-- enters his 12th season of major open-wheel competition-- is the only competing owner/driver in the IndyCar Series field and the only Mexican driver to compete on a full-time basis in the IndyCar Series-- five of his nine major open-wheel wins have been on ovals (Kentucky 2004, Rio 2000, Fontana 1999, Japan 1998/1999)-- has made 75 career oval starts to date, claiming 39 top-10 finishes (52%)-- 41 years old from Mexico City-- currently resides in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

Gustavo Del Campo, Team Manager:

"For Fernandez Racing, these three back-to-back races have been very good. We finished first in Kentucky and second in Pikes Peak. Unfortunately, we didn't have good communication on the second to the last restart today. There was a miscommunication about 'no green' when finally it was green. We lost three positions, but anyway it was still a good result. Adrian is carrying a good momentum and we are ready for Chicago."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Dan Wheldon