Fernandez cash hunt

Team owner/driver Adrian Fernandez has admitted that he may forced to sit out or run a part programme in the 2005 IRL IndyCar Series unless he can find enough sponsorship to run a three-car team

Fernandez cash hunt

The Mexican IndyCar front-runner, who won three races in his first IRL season last year, having made the controversial move to switch his team over from the rival Champ Car World Series, is reported to have lost two of his primary sponsors according to SpeedTV.com.

Tecate Beer and Telmex recently informed Mexico's biggest sports star that they would not be able to continue with Fernandez Racing, but the team will retain Quaker State, which he still has a one-year contract with.

Fernandez may compete at Motegi in Japan and Indianapolis only unless he can find more funding for next year.

"I'll have to wait and see what happens but right now the most important thing is my team and I'll do whatever is best," said Fernandez. "We are set with Scott Sharp and Delphi and Kosuke (Matsuura) and I feel like anything else is gravy.

"Last year was a very good one for me but if I have to sacrifice myself, I will. I don't know what's happening with our economy but right now it's really hurting," said Fernandez, who became an owner/driver in 2001.

"Tecate was with me for 11 years and Telmex for eight so I guess that's pretty good when you look at everyone else. I've had Quaker State for 18 years and they'll be back next year but I've got to find some more sponsorship."

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