Acura had double reason to celebrate following qualifying for the 2009 Sebring 12 Hours after adding LMP2 pole position to their LMP1 triumph courtesy of Lowe's Fernandez.
With the Mexican-run team staying put as Acura's sole representative in the LMP2 category, while former counterparts de Ferran Motorsports and Highcroft Patron Racing graduate to the premier class, Lowe's Fernandez wasted no time in stamping their mark as the team to beat.
Although LMP2 depth has dwindled following the withdrawal of Porsche and the lack of additional Acura entries, Adrian Fernandez-Luis Diaz driven machine still had to fend off close competition from the new Dyson Lola-Mazda.
Nonetheless, after swapping the top spot throughout the week in testing, Acura eventually secured pole position in style, with seventh overall, almost two seconds up on their rivals.
“It was a good day and we are happy to start the season like this,” said Fernandez. “The car has been working well and, obviously, one year of experience with the car helps a lot. Luis and I have been comfortable with the car, and we are working on fine tuning it for the race.
“Everybody at Lowe's Fernandez Racing has done a good job, and congratulations to Acura on what they have accomplished today. We expect a lot of tough competition this season from Dyson [Racing] and the Mazdas, and they have a lot of good drivers there. I think it is going to be a fun year.”