Following Wednesday's announcement that Open Wheel Racing Series (OWRS) will take over operations of the Champ Car World Series, Fernandez Racing Co-Owner/Driver Adrian Fernandez wasted no time in confirming his twelfth season of Champ Car competition.

"It has been a long off-season this time around, and an emotional rollercoaster for a lot of people," said Fernandez, who will pilot the familiar #51 red, white and green Ford-Cosworth powered Lola in 2004. "I want to thank Quaker State, Telmex and Tecate for their patience and continued support. I am more than ready to move ahead and focus on our goals for this season, which include challenging for the championship and winning in Mexico.

"It will be great to kick off the season in Long Beach, a race that has become a tradition for us and where the fan support has always been fantastic," he added. "I can't wait to get back behind the wheel and start the year off right with a great show in California."

Fernandez is coming off his best season to date in Champ Car competition since forming Fernandez Racing in the fall of 2000.

The Mexican native recorded his eighth career win at Portland last year (pictured) - his first as an owner/driver - and finished the season with a 13-race point-scoring streak to close the year eighth in the final championship standings.

"I know the #51 team is anxious to get back at it full steam," stated team co-owner/managing director Tom Anderson. "We have a lot of work to do between now and April but will be right on schedule for the first race. Now that we have a direction to focus on, we can begin our efforts on a program to field a second car this year."

Fernandez Racing has experienced minimal personnel change over the winter break, and will once again be led by team manager Gustavo del Campo. The team plans to begin its 2004 testing program at Sebring International Raceway in the first week of February.



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