Fernandez hopes to build on momentum

Having had two weeks to savour his first victory as a Champ Car owner/driver, Adrian Fernandez is hoping to build on the momentum he gained in Portland in this weekend's Grand Prix of Cleveland on the runways of Burke Lakefront Airport

Fernandez hopes to build on momentum

This year's event will be run at night under floodlights for the first time, and the Mexican reckons that will make the show even more exciting than usual.

"The team is very excited for our next race," said Fernandez. "Winning in Portland has helped the motivation of the team tremendously, and I think all of us will be on the top of our game. That doesn't mean that we are going to go there and just dominate; as a group, we are going to be a lot stronger."

Fernandez reckons that the fans who attend this weekend's race will be presented with a great show. "What the people are going to see is a lot more lighting shows at night," he said. "It's going to be more exciting than during the day. There are a lot of sparks on the engines and braking. I think it's going to make a better show at night.

"It's also Saturday night. People can go late at night to sleep, and a lot of people go out, and I think this would be a little time to have some festivity at the racetracks. If this works, I think a lot of other tracks will try to do the same."

Fernandez reckons that running the event at night could make things easier for the drivers in what historically has proven a gruelling hot and humid race

"I think it's a little bit cooler for the drivers and also for the cars," he said. "So, at the end of the day, it's less warm at night, and it's better for the driver. At the end of the day, everybody is in good shape. I think we will be able to perform as good through the day or night. The important thing is, I think, that the show is the winner."

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