Adrián Fernández

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This article is about the race car driver. For Argentine footballer, see Adrián Fernández (footballer).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Fernández and the second or maternal family name is Mier.
Adrián Fernández
Adrián Fernández Le Mans drivers parade 2011 crop.jpg
Fernández at the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans driver parade
Nationality Mexico Mexican
Born (1965-04-20) 20 April 1965 (age 49)
Mexico City
Previous series
1981
1981–1983
1984–1986
1987
1987–1989
1990–1991
1992
1993–2003
2004–2005
2006
2007–2010
2010
2011
Mexican Touring Car Racing
Mexican Formula Vee
Mexican Formula K
Benelux Formula Ford
British Formula Ford
Mexican Formula Three
Indy Lights
CART World Series
IndyCar Series
Rolex Sports Car Series
American Le Mans Series
Le Mans Series
Intercontinental Le Mans Cup
Championship titles
1991
1983
2009
Mexican Formula Three Championship
Mexican Formula Vee
American Le Mans Series (LMP2 class)
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012
Teams France Barazi-Epsilon
United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing
Best finish 2nd (2007)
Adrián Fernández
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
10 race(s) run over 4 year(s)
First race 2005 Telcel Motorola 200
Last race 2008 Corona Mexico 200 presented by Banamex
Wins Top tens Poles
2 0

José Adrián Fernández Mier (born April 20, 1965, in Mexico City) is a Mexican retired racing driver and co-owner of the Fernandez Racing team.

Racing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Adrián Fernández began his career by racing motocross at age eight. He entered his first auto race in 1981 at the "24 Hours of Mexico" and at the age of 15 he made the permanent move to cars in 1982. From 1982 to 1984 Fernández competed in the Formula Vee Championship taking the title in '83 and '84. He also raced in the Formula K Series in 1984, competing in that series through 1986. He finished in the top four in the standings all three years in Formula K.

In 1987, he ran one race in the Benelux Formula Ford 1600 Championship, one British RAC Formula Ford 1600 Championship race and competed in the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch. From 1988-89 he ran the British RAC and Esso Formula Ford 1600 Championship series before moving to the Mexican F3 Championship for 1990 and 1991, winning the title in '91.

In 1992, Fernández came to the United States to compete in the Firestone Indy Lights Championship (now the PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship). He finished third in the points winning four races, a rookie record, and took the "Indy Lights Rookie of the Year" honors and made more than two million dollars in prize earnings.

CART and IRL (1993-2004)[edit]

His talent apparent, Fernández made the jump to the CART IndyCar World Series in 1993, competing in five races for Galles Racing International. He ran his first full CART season in 1994 with Galles finishing 13th and capturing the "Marco Magaña" and "Luchador Olmeca" awards and the "JAC" trophy for "Best Driver" outside Mexico. Competing again with Galles in 1995, Fernández finished 12th in the standings placing in the top ten nine times.

Fernández moved to Tasman Motorsports in 1996. He had six top ten finishes, including his first career CART victory at Toronto. Unfortunately his delight at taking his first win was dampened by the fatal accident suffered by Jeff Krosnoff late in the race. The win in Toronto made him the first Mexican to win a CART event since Hector Rebaque in 1982, and Fernández went on to finish 12th in the season points tally. However, 1997 was a disappointing season for Fernández. The Tasman team ran a Lola chassis which failed to perform to expectations. Through force of will, determination and talent, Fernández battled to three top ten finishes and 18th place in the PPG Cup standings.

Fernández joined Patrick Racing for the 1998 season and proved his ability to challenge for the championship. He enjoyed 14 top ten finishes with eight top five placements and two victories, Japan and Mid-Ohio, en route to a fourth place showing in the PPG Cup race during the 1998 FedEx Championship. He captured his first career pole at Michigan and led the championship race for the first time in his career. Unfortunately once again Fernández was touched by tragedy - a crash at Michigan resulted in an errant wheel from his car flying into the stands and killing three spectators.[1] However, it was his victory during the Miller Lite 200 that gave Patrick Racing one of its most memorable moments when Fernández stood atop the podium next to his teammate Scott Pruett. Fernández was also named the "Athlete of the Year" in Mexico.

In 1999, enjoying his most successful season so far in the CART series, Adrián Fernández behind the wheel of the #40 Tecate/Quaker State Reynard Ford-Cosworth completed the year sixth in the championship battle. He led the points series early in the season for the first time in his CART career, however an accident at Detroit resulted in a fracture in one of his hands, forcing him to sit out for several races. However he won at Motegi, Japan at the Firestone Firehawk 500 and at the Marlboro 500 at Fontana, California - a race marred by the death of good friend Greg Moore. In addition, he was selected to participate in the IROC series during 1999 where he competed against other top-named drivers including NASCAR drivers Jeff Gordon, Terry Labonte and Dale Earnhardt. Fernández solid racing career which began in 1993, now has 80 total starts in the series. Of those starts he has finished in the top ten 41 times throughout his seven-year career.

Adrián Fernández

In 2000 Fernández had his best season in the CART series, coming close to winning the championship despite not starting on the front row all season. He scored points in 17 of the 20 races including 2 wins at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Australia, and 3 further podium results. He finished second to Gil de Ferran in the championship.

In 2001 he founded Fernandez Racing, with former Ganassi manager Tom Anderson as his partner, and ex-F1 driver Shinji Nakano as his team-mate. He finished 3rd twice and took 2 poles that year, but his team's first victory came at Portland in 2003, the first win for an owner-driver since Bobby Rahal achieved the feat in 1992. That year he also ran an IRL entry for Asian-American Roger Yasukawa, in partnership with Aguri Suzuki, and for 2004 he moved the whole team to the series. Despite taking 3 wins and 4th overall in the 2004 IRL, he was unable to secure funding to race in 2005 - Delphi was driver Scott Sharp's personal sponsor while engine suppliers Honda insisted on Japanese driver Kosuke Matsuura in the second car.

Busch Series (2005-06)[edit]

In 2005 he drove the 5 Lowe's / Hitachi Chevrolet in Mexico for Rick Hendrick in the first NASCAR Busch Series race held outside the United States. In this race, (called the Telcel-Motorola 200) Fernández raced in a one time ride to help promote NASCAR racing to the local fans. He led several laps in the race before giving up the lead to eventual race winner Martin Truex Jr.. It was announced that he would run 4 more races in the Busch Series for Hendrick Motorsports, but he did not run up front at any of those races. In 2006 he competed in 2 Busch races for Hendrick and competed full-time in the Grand-Am series for his own team with Lowe's sponsorship.

ALMS (2007-present)[edit]

Adrián Fernández in the Acura ARX-01B in 2008

In 2007, Fernández moved the team to the American Le Mans Series LMP2 class as an Acura factory team. His teammate will be fellow Mexican and Grand-Am veteran Luis Díaz.

On October 10, 2009, Adrián and his co-driver Luis Díaz won at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. With this victory the Lowe's Fernandez Racing Acura ARX-01B concludes the season with the drivers' championship and teams' championship of the American Le Mans Series in the LMP2 category.

24 Hours of Le Mans[edit]

In the 2007 Fernández debuts with a second place in the LMP2 category in the famous race with the Barazi-Epsilon team Zytek aboard a 07S/2 a 3.4-liter V8 prototype. His teammates were Haruki Kurosawa and Robbie Kerr. This was the first podium of a Mexican at the Circuit de la Sarthe in many years to remember those achieved by Ricardo and Pedro Rodríguez in 1962 and 1968 respectively. The English-French team took pole position on it category.

After three years of absence Fernández back in the 2010 now competing in LMP1 class with Aston Martin Racing finished fifth in his category (sixth absolute) with a Lola-Aston Martin B09/60, his co-drivers were Harold Primat and Stefan Mücke.

The luck did not favor Adrian in 2011, when his team the Aston Martin Racing in LMP1 class can barely afford 2 laps with their Aston Martin AMR-One and leave the test due to problems with the engine running at the 56th site.

In the 80th., edition of the 2012, Fernández and the Aston Martin Racing Team got the third place in the GTE-Pro class along with his co-drivers the Stefan Mücke and Darren Turner, their Aston Martin Vantage 4.5 L-V8 covered a total of 332 laps (2,811.65 miles), in the Circuit de la Sarthe without failure or serious mechanical problems. Also the team achieved the fastest lap of the category with 3 minutes and 54,928 seconds. Adrián had the honor to drive the last stage of the competition.[2][3]

On September 12, 2012 Adrián announced its participation in the FIA World Endurance Championship concludes at the end of the season, as well his relationship with the Aston Martin Racing team that started in 2010. The Mexican driver will focus on competitions in the United States.[4]

Sergio Pérez's Manager[edit]

On September 28, 2012 McLaren driver Sergio Pérez announces that Adrián Férnandez will be his Manager.[5]

Racing record[edit]

American Open-Wheel[edit]

(key)

CART results[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Rank Points
1993 Galles Australia
SRF
United States
PHX
United States
LBH
Ret
United States
INDY
United States
MIL
Ret
United States
DET
7
United States
POR
United States
CLE
Canada
TOR
United States
MIS
DNS
United States
NHM
United States
ROA
Ret
Canada
VAN
United States
MDO
United States
NZR
United States
LS
12
24th 7
1994 Galles Australia
SRF
13
United States
PHX
10
United States
LBH
8
United States
INDY
Ret
United States
MIL
16
United States
DET
Ret
United States
POR
10
United States
CLE
7
Canada
TOR
13
United States
MIS
Ret
United States
MDO
6
United States
NHM
8
Canada
VAN
Ret
United States
ROA
5
United States
NZR
Ret
United States
LS
7
13th 46
1995 Galles United States
MIA
11
Australia
SRF
Ret
United States
PHX
12
United States
LBH
18
United States
NZR
9
United States
INDY
Ret
United States
MIL
10
United States
DET
6
United States
POR
9
United States
ROA
6
Canada
TOR
7
United States
CLE
Ret
United States
MIS
3
United States
MDO
4
United States
NHM
Ret
Canada
VAN
Ret
United States
LS
10
12th 66
1996 Tasman United States
MIA
11
Brazil
RIO
14
Australia
SRF
Ret
United States
LBH
6
United States
NZR
10
United States
500
DNS
United States
MIL
11
United States
DET
4
United States
POR
12
United States
CLE
6
Canada
TOR
1
United States
MIS
Ret
United States
MDO
6
United States
ROA
13
Canada
VAN
8
United States
LS
11
12th 71
1997 Tasman United States
MIA
13
Australia
SRF
11
United States
LBH
11
United States
NZR
Ret
Brazil
RIO
Ret
United States
STL
8
United States
MIL
Ret
United States
DET
Ret
United States
POR
10
United States
CLE
17
Canada
TOR
14
United States
MIS
Ret
United States
MDO
Ret
United States
ROA
12
Canada
VAN
Ret
United States
LS
Ret
United States
FON
3
18th 27
1998 Patrick United States
MIA
6
Japan
MOT
1*
United States
LBH
4
United States
NZR
Ret
Brazil
RIO
3
United States
STL
Ret
United States
MIL
9
United States
DET
2
United States
POR
Ret
United States
CLE
5
Canada
TOR
9
United States
MIS
Ret
United States
MDO
1
United States
ROA
5
Canada
VAN
Ret
United States
LS
7
United States
HOU
6
Australia
SRF
6
United States
FON
4
4th 154
1999 Patrick United States
MIA
Ret
Japan
MOT
1*
United States
LBH
4
United States
NZR
5
Brazil
RIO
Ret
United States
STL
Ret
United States
MIL
5
United States
POR
4
United States
CLE
Ret
United States
ROA
3
Canada
TOR
6
United States
MIS
6
United States
DET
DNS
United States
MDO
Inj
United States
CHI
Inj
Canada
VAN
Inj
United States
LS
5
United States
HOU
12
Australia
SRF
3
United States
FON
1
6th 140
2000 Patrick United States
MIA
Ret
United States
LBH
Ret
Brazil
RIO
1
Japan
MOT
10
United States
NZR
5
United States
MIL
8
United States
DET
Ret
United States
POR
12
United States
CLE
7
Canada
TOR
2
United States
MIS
6
United States
CHI
5
United States
MDO
6
United States
ROA
2
Canada
VAN
3
United States
LS
12
United States
STL
10
United States
HOU
7
Australia
SRF
1*
United States
FON
5
2nd 158
2001 Fernández Mexico
MTY
Ret
United States
LBH
16
United States
TXS
NH
United States
NZR
Ret
Japan
MOT
Ret
United States
MIL
5
United States
DET
12
United States
POR
19
United States
CLE
Ret
Canada
TOR
3
United States
MIS
Ret
United States
CHI
10
United States
MDO
Ret
United States
ROA
3
Canada
VAN
Ret
Germany
LAU
Ret
United Kingdom
ROC
Ret
United States
HOU
14
United States
LS
10
Australia
SRF
19
United States
FON
Ret
18th 45
2002 Fernández Mexico
MTY
13
United States
LBH
10
Japan
MOT
7
United States
MIL
2
United States
LS
18
United States
POR
14
United States
CHI
13
Canada
TOR
9
United States
CLE
11
Canada
VAN
8
United States
MDO
Inj
United States
ROA
18
Canada
MTL
12
United States
DEN
4
United Kingdom
ROC
14
United States
MIA
7
Australia
SRF
17
United States
FON
Inj
Mexico
MXC
Inj
14th 59
2003 Fernández United States
STP
15
Mexico
MTY
4
United States
LBH
2
United Kingdom
BRH
12
Germany
LAU
15
United States
MIL
6
United States
LS
7
United States
POR
1
United States
CLE
11
Canada
TOR
9
Canada
VAN
12
United States
ROA
12
United States
MDO
7
Canada
MTL
8
United States
DEN
5
United States
MIA
8*
Mexico
MXC
8
Australia
SRF
12
United States
FON
NH
8th 105

IndyCar Series results[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
2004 Fernández United States
HMS
United States
PHX
20
Japan
MOT
18
United States
INDY
7
United States
TXS
5
United States
RIR
7
United States
KAN
6
United States
NSH
10
United States
MIL
8
United States
MIS
12
United States
KTY
1
United States
PPIR
2
United States
NZR
7
United States
CHI
1
United States
FON
1
United States
TX2
5
5th 445
2005 Fernández United States
HMS
United States
PHX
United States
STP
Japan
MOT
United States
INDY
14
United States
TXS
United States
RIR
United States
KAN
United States
NSH
United States
MIL
United States
MIS
United States
KTY
United States
PPIR
United States
SNM
United States
CHI
United States
WGL
United States
FON
29th 16

Complete American Le Mans Series results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine Tires 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2007 Lowe's Fernández Racing LMP2 Lola B06/43 Acura 3.4L V8 M SEB
ovr:3
cls:2
STP
ovr:6
cls:4
LNB
ovr:8
cls:7
TEX
ovr:8
cls:7
UTA
ovr:7
cls:5
LIM
ovr:Ret
cls:Ret
MID
ovr:4
cls:3
AME
ovr:8
cls:6
MOS
ovr:8
cls:6
DET
ovr:6
:cls:4
PET
ovr:Ret
cls:Ret
MON
ovr:5
cls:3
11th 102
2008 Lowe's Fernandez Racing LMP2 Acura ARX-01b Acura 3.4L V8 M SEB
ovr:DSQ
cls:DSQ
STP
ovr:10
cls:7
LNB
ovr:8
cls:6
UTA
ovr:5
cls:5
LIM
ovr:5
cls:4
MID
ovr:5
cls:3
AME
ovr:Ret
cls:Ret
MOS
ovr:4
cls:2
DET
ovr:23
cls:9
PET
ovr:Ret
cls:Ret
MON
ovr:9
cls:7
12th 88
2009 Lowe's Fernández Racing LMP2 Acura ARX-01b Acura 3.4L V8 M SEB
ovr:4
cls:1
STP
ovr:2
cls:1
LNB
ovr:3
cls:1
UTA
ovr:3
cls:1
LIM
ovr:7
cls:2
MID
ovr:3
cls:1
AME
ovr:3
cls:1
MOS
ovr:3
cls:1
PET
ovr:21
cls:2
MON
ovr:2
cls:1
1st 217
2010 Aston Martin Racing LMP1 Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 Aston Martin 6.0 L V12 M SEB
ovr:3
cls:3
PET NC -
LMP LNB
ovr:2
cls:2
MON UTA LIM MID AME MOS
2011 Aston Martin Racing LMP1 Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 Aston Martin 6.0 L V12 M SEB LNB LIM MOS MID AME BAL MON
ovr:1
cls:1
PET
ovr:3
cls:3
7th 25
2012 Aston Martin Racing LMGTE Pro Aston Martin Vantage GTE Aston Martin 4.5 L V8 M SEB
ovr:34
cls:3
NC* -*
GT LNB
ovr:11
cls:5
MON
ovr:17
cls:8
LIM MOS MID AME BAL VIR PET
* Season in progress.

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2007 France Barazi-Epsilon
United Kingdom Zytek Engineering
Japan Haruki Kurosawa
United Kingdom Robbie Kerr
Zytek 07S/2 LMP2 301 27th 2nd
2010 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Switzerland Harold Primat
Germany Stefan Mücke
Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 LMP1 365 6th 5th
2011 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Switzerland Harold Primat
United Kingdom Andy Meyrick
Aston Martin AMR-One LMP1 2 DNF DNF
2012 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Germany Stefan Mücke
United Kingdom Darren Turner
Aston Martin Vantage GTE GTE
Pro
332 19th 3rd

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Carlos Guerrero
Mexican Formula Three Champion
1991
Succeeded by
César Tiberio Jiménez