Fernandez to Race in Mexico City Nationwide Race Will also drive in Long Beach American Le Mans Series Race on Same Weekend MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Lowe's and Hendrick Motorsports announced today that Adrian Fernandez will drive the No. 5 Lowe's...
Fernandez to Race in Mexico City Nationwide Race
Will also drive in Long Beach American Le Mans Series Race on Same Weekend
MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Lowe's and Hendrick Motorsports announced today that Adrian Fernandez will drive the No. 5 Lowe's car in the April 20 NASCAR Nationwide Series race in Mexico City.
Fernandez, 44, is Mexico's most popular driver and one of its most popular athletes. He finished 10th, 12th, and ninth in the first three Mexico City Nationwide Series races in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
JR Motorsports, in partnership with Hendrick Motorsports, will field the No. 5 car.
"I am honored by this opportunity to represent Lowe's, Hendrick Motorsports and NASCAR," said Fernandez, who tested the Nationwide car on Nov. 20 at Sebring International Raceway. "I know race fans in Mexico grow more excited about this race each year. I think this race will continue to grow and prove how popular NASCAR is becoming outside of America."
Fernandez will practice in the No. 5 car on Friday in Mexico City then turn driving duties over to David Green who will qualify the car on Saturday. Fernandez will miss Saturday's events in Mexico while he is in Long Beach for the American Le Mans Series race that afternoon.
Fernandez will return to Mexico City on Sunday for the Nationwide race.
Hendrick Motorsports General Manager Marshall Carlson said Fernandez continues to grow more familiar with the full-bodied cars of NASCAR and that will show on the track in Mexico City.
"We expect Adrian to once again put on a great show for the wonderful fans in Mexico City," Carlson said. "He has been very impressive the last three years and we expect a similar performance in 2008. Adrian is terrific to work with and we're excited to watch him perform again. He's going to have a very busy weekend."
Lowe's officials said sponsorship of Fernandez in the Mexico City race is an opportunity to affirm its commitment to Mexico, this following the company's announcement to expand into Monterrey in 2009, while continuing to align itself with a talented driver and local hero.
"Lowe's is proud to participate in NASCAR's fourth race in Mexico with a world-class athlete in Adrian Fernandez," said Bob Gfeller, Lowe's senior vice president of marketing and advertising. "We are looking forward to a solid racing performance for Adrian and the Lowe's team. Adrian is a real crowd pleaser both on and off the track."