IRL: Texas: Adrian Fernandez Friday report

Fernandez Pleased with Pre-Race Preparations Adrian Fernandez concluded final practice activities for the Bombardier 500k today, logging the fourth fastest time overall at Texas Motor Speedway. Fernandez, who will start ninth for ...

Fernandez Pleased with Pre-Race Preparations

Adrian Fernandez concluded final practice activities for the Bombardier 500k today, logging the fourth fastest time overall at Texas Motor Speedway. Fernandez, who will start ninth for tomorrow's 200-lap/300-mile race, will be making his first career race start on the 1.5-mile oval and his fourth IRL IndyCar® Series start.

The Bombardier 550k will be broadcast live on ESPN at 8:00 pm ET on Saturday, and will also be carried on the IMS Radio Network and at www.indyracing.com.

Weather: At the opening of practice (2:00 pm CT), 94F under sunny skies; 90 F for the final practice session (5:15 pm CT) under partly cloudy skies with winds out of the south at 14 mph and gusts to 20 mph.

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

"We'll see what happens tomorrow but the car feels good. Obviously everything here is about track position and moving in traffic and all that. Every car is very close."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his fourth IRL IndyCar Series start-- posted best IndyCar Series result to date in the Indianapolis 500 last month, qualifying sixth and finishing seventh-- first and only visit to Texas Motor Speedway was in 2001 where Fernandez qualified 12th for the CART race which was not run-- enters his 12th season of major open-wheel competition-- has 67 career oval starts to his credit, posting 32 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.

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