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Issue Nine
Table of Contents

Past Issues Index
Roadfly Magazine
Issue Nine
October 29, 2003
Fernandez Racing
Fernandez Interview
Hot Lap: Strong Strut
CPO Nightmares
Lotus Elise Preview
Coming Next Issue
Bimmer Roundup Coverage
Hot Lap: The Wheel Exchange
Review PowerBook G4 17 inch
Want Clean Glass?

60-seconds with Adrian Fernandez: The Driver's Seat, continued.

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Behind the Pits with
Fernandez Racing

R: How critical is it to get a good qualifying position? When you're practicing, are you focusing on qualification efforts or race strategy?

AF: Both. At a track like this, qualifying is so very important because passing opportunities are very rare. When we practice, we focus on both racing and qualifying. Making a change for the sake of qualifying might affect the racing set-up.

R: Tell us about some of your off track experiences. Are you a car guy away from the track? What types of cars catch your eye today, and what do you look for in a car?

AF: I love cars. I LOVE cars. But, because of my job, I don't have much time to enjoy them. I currently have a Ferrari 260 Spyder, a Mercedes SL55 and an Acura MDX - I really enjoy driving them. Cars that catch my eye are the Enzo, but everyone says that. For regular cars, I think the MINI Cooper is a pretty cool little car. I am attracted to a good looking car but it also has to have performance.

R: Congratulations on your recent engagement. I trust that your fiancee is a racing fan?

AF: Actually, no. She doesn't really like racing. We met on the set of the Sylvester Stallone movie "Driven."

R: In closing, what tracks and events are your favorites? Are there any that you really look forward to?

AF: The Mexico race is very special to me and the event is the best. It's almost overwhelming because of the tremendous fan support. Australia is an event I really enjoy because the country is very fun to visit. For tracks, I think I like Road America the best - it's long, challenging and has a lot of turns and fast straights.

R: Adrian, thank you for letting us join you this weekend and we wish you lots of luck for the rest of the season.

AF: Thanks guys, it was a pleasure to have you here.

Adrian Fernandez is the team owner and driver of the #51 Fernandez Racing Tecate / Quaker State / Telmex Lola Ford Champ car. Born in Mexico, the forty-year-old driver currently resides in Paradise Valley, Arizona. He is in his eleventh year of CART racing and has 7 victories to his name, with nineteen podium finishes. He is an avid fitness enthusiast, who works out an average of three-and-a-half hours per day, and maintains a very strict diet.

The following weekend, at the G.I. Joe's 200 race on June 22, 2003, Team Fernandez earned their place in history- Adrian won the race, an accomplishment that few have ever achieved while serving as an owner and driver. It was also Team Fernandez' first victory as a team.

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