IRL: Pikes Peak: FR, Fernandez race report

Strong Run Nets Second for Fernandez at Pikes Peak Adrian Fernandez made an impressive debut in his first appearance at Pikes Peak International Raceway, finishing second today in the Honda Indy 225. Fernandez, who started seventh, began his ...

Strong Run Nets Second for Fernandez at Pikes Peak

Adrian Fernandez made an impressive debut in his first appearance at Pikes Peak International Raceway, finishing second today in the Honda Indy 225. Fernandez, who started seventh, began his charge at the start of the 225-lap race, and was shown in third place by Lap 32. Fernandez fell to seventh position after the second restart of the race on Lap 130 after getting onto the dirty part of the track while attempting to pass on the outside. He rebounded and had moved into second place by Lap 162. Fernandez put forth a strong effort to try to catch eventual race winner Dario Franchitti.

Fernandez, who claimed his first IRL IndyCar Series win last weekend in Kentucky, has moved into seventh position in the championship standings.

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

"It was a fantastic day, especially following our result last weekend. This was one of the most challenging races of the year. The track was just changing constantly throughout the race. At some stages, I had too much push. When I was very balanced at the beginning of the run, I knew I was going to be very loose at the end. You needed to adjust to those things and just be patient. A few times I was very aggressive and passing people on the outside. At one stage of the race on one of the restarts, I think I was fourth, I went into the marbles and lost some positions but we were able to get those back. My car was good and I was passing people one at a time. Unfortunately, I couldn't get Dario [Franchitti]. Dario was very strong. I think if I could have got in front of him, we could have won the race but that was the trick. It was another strong performance from the team and great pit stops. I am very proud of the guys; everyone is working together very well. Second place is a good result and I am very proud of everybody."

FAST FACTS: This was his first start at Pikes Peak and his 11th IRL IndyCar Series start-- claimed his first career IndyCar Series victory at Kentucky Speedway last weekend-- has claimed eight top-10 results in 11 IndyCar Series starts-- currently sits 7th in the championship standings-- best IndyCar Series starting position was fourth at Kentucky-- best IndyCar Series result to date on a one-mile oval was eighth at Milwaukee-- has made 75 career oval starts to date, claiming 39 top-10 finishes (52%)-- 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-- five of his nine major open-wheel wins have been on ovals (Kentucky 2004, Rio 2000, Fontana 1999, Japan 1998/1999)-- 41 years old from Mexico City-- currently resides in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

Gustavo Del Campo, Team Manager:

"It was a very good race for Fernandez Racing and Adrian Fernandez because this is the first time that we have run at Pikes Peak. We didn't have a chance to test at this kind of track. With the team, the driver and everyone working together so well, I think it will be more fun and a little bit easier the rest of the season."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Dario Franchitti