Fernandez Finishes Fifth in Texas with Strong Run Adrian Fernandez claimed his career-best IRL IndyCarÂ® Series finish this evening with a strong drive to fifth place in the Bombardier 500k at Texas Motor Speedway. Fernandez, who qualified the...
Fernandez Finishes Fifth in Texas with Strong Run
Adrian Fernandez claimed his career-best IRL IndyCar® Series finish this evening with a strong drive to fifth place in the Bombardier 500k at Texas Motor Speedway. Fernandez, who qualified the #5 Quaker State/Telmex/Tecate Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone in ninth position for his fourth career IndyCar Series start, survived a late race pit lane incident [Lap 181] to mount a charge at the end. The incident involving Vitor Meira and Scott Dixon required Fernandez to return to the pit lane to check for damage. He returned to the track in 12th position and steadily worked his way up to a fifth-place finish.
Adrian Fernandez, #5 Quaker State/Telmex/Tecate Panoz G
"It was quite an experience. It was a tough race, and my first time racing side-by-side in my career in open-wheel racing and that was quite an experience watching everybody out there. You have to depend a lot on your spotter and Jeff [McComb, team coordinator] did a very good job in that respect. Our pit stops were good. I had an incident at the end of the race after the pit stop that cost us some positions, and I had to come in to check the car and we changed the tires. The car was fine. At the beginning of the race, I saw a lot of very risky driving and I didn't think it was worth taking the risk at the beginning. I just stayed back and learned and kept in touch with the leaders. As I was learning and getting my car better towards the end, that's when we were pushing and we just needed a few more laps. Unfortunately we had this incident in the pits that cost us staying with the leaders and fighting for the lead. In all, it was a great race."
FAST FACTS: This was his fourth IRL IndyCar Series start-- 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.
Tom Anderson, Co-Owner/Managing Director:
"Adrian did a fantastic job tonight. The experience showed there at the end and he picked off several cars to move up to fifth position which is Fernandez Racing's best finish in the IRL since we moved over here. That is a step in the right direction and we learned a lot tonight. Having seen the race tracks that we have seen now and the quality of cars that our engineering department has been able to give Adrian, I think we can challenge for some wins starting in two weeks at Richmond. An excellent job tonight and a great job by Firestone. Even before the race, we started talking about running the tires for two fuel loads; the tires were that good. An incredible job there and greatly appreciated. I think the fans here in Texas had an outstanding show tonight and I think there will be a lot more for the season finale in October."