IRL: Richmond: FR, Fernandez race report

Fernandez Finishes Seventh in Richmond Debut Adrian Fernandez claimed his third consecutive top-10 race result this evening, finishing seventh in his first appearance at Richmond International Raceway and his fifth career IRL IndyCar® Series ...

Fernandez Finishes Seventh in Richmond Debut

Adrian Fernandez claimed his third consecutive top-10 race result this evening, finishing seventh in his first appearance at Richmond International Raceway and his fifth career IRL IndyCar® Series start. Fernandez, who qualified 16th for the SunTrust Indy Challenge, moved up four positions at the beginning of the 250-lap sprint. He continued to work his way through the field and was running in sixth position by Lap 65. Fernandez survived contact with both Darren Manning and Tomas Scheckter during an eventful evening on the fast .75-mile oval but, with several yellow flags and few remaining laps, he was unable to challenge for the front.

Fernandez has moved up to 15th position in the point standings, only 20 points out of the top 10.

Fernandez Racing will head to Kansas City next week for the Argent Mortgage Kansas Indy 300 on July 4.

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

"It was a good race. The guys gave me a great race car. I managed to put myself in a good position at the start of the race by passing some people. There was a lot of contact in the race, a lot of avoiding accidents and a few close calls. The car was very consistent throughout the whole race and we had good pit stops. At the end, I was hit by [Tomas] Scheckter trying to avoid the accident that [Dario] Franchitti had. It broke some of my right-side aerodynamic pieces, but the car was fine. I couldn't believe it -- that's two races in a row. These cars are built very strongly for sure. At the end, there were a lot of yellows and not enough laps left to fight with the other guys. I thought I had a car for a top three, but our time will come."

FAST FACTS: This was his fifth IRL IndyCar Series career start-- posted his best IRL results-to-date in the last two events with a fifth-place run at Texas on June 12 and a seventh-place finish in the Indianapolis 500-- best IndyCar Series starting position was sixth at the Indianapolis 500-- 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 68 career oval starts to his credit, posting 33 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.

Tom Anderson, Co-Owner/Managing Director:

"Adrian had a good run tonight. He was pretty happy with his car and there were just some situations in traffic that held him up a bit but he was very aggressive tonight. Richmond is a tough bullring and sometimes you have to take what it will give you. Tonight we had a fair result with Adrian. The car was probably a little bit quicker but, due to traffic, we ended up seventh which was a good run."

-fr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Darren Manning , Adrian Fernandez , Tom Anderson