Double Duty For Fernandez
is racing in the American Le Mans event Saturday at Long Beach, Calif., and the Corona Mexico 200 Sunday at Mexico City.
He believes his double-race weekend is tougher than most racing doubles because it includes going back and forth between two countries.
"It's a four-and-a-half-hour flight and you have to clear customs after you get here," Fernandez said. "It's crazy. I haven't even scheduled time to eat. I get back to Mexico City around 1:30 a.m. after the race Saturday at Long Beach. I won't get much sleep, but it's going to be fun. I'm still young enough to try it."
Fernandez turns 45 on Sunday. His wife, Catalina, is expecting their second child in two weeks. He will have to start in the back Sunday, but believes he can work his way to the front.
"If I manage to keep my car clean, I think I'll be fighting for the win at the end," he said. "It's a long race."
Fernandez, a longtime open-wheel racer and a former IndyCar team owner, is thrilled about the merger between the IRL and Champ Car. He said he won't get back in an Indy car as a driver, but he does have other plans.
"I want to get back in it as a team owner," Fernandez said. "We [are] working on it now, and with a little luck it will happen. There's more opportunity over there now that the war is over."