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Adrian Fernandez

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Adrian Fernandez, born April 20, 1965, has always had a knack for racing.

Fernandez is a Mexican retired racing driver and co-owner of the Fernandez Racing team who began his career racing motocross at age 8. In 1981, he entered his first auto race at the “24 Hours of Mexico” when he was 15. From 1982 to 1984, Fernandez competed in the Formula Vee Championship taking the title in the 1983 and 1984 championships.

In 1992, Fernandez came to the United States to compete in the Firestone Indy Lights Championship (now known as the PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship). He finished third in the points, winning four races, a rookie record and he took the “Indy Lights Rookie of the Year” honors and made more than 2 million dollars in prize winnings.

With his talent clearly defined, Fernandez made the jump to the CART IndyCar World Series in 1993, competing in five races for Galles Racing International. He ran his first full CART season in 1994 with Galles finishing 13th and capturing the “Marco Magana” and “Luchador Olmeca” awards and the “JAC” trophy for Best Driver outside Mexico.

His entrepreneurial spirit took over in 2001 when he founded Fernandez Racing with former Ganassi manager Tom Anderson as his partner, and ex-F1 driver Shinji Nakano as his teammate.

On September 28, 2012 McLaren driver Sergio Perez announces that Fernandez will be his Manager.

Fernandez was inducted into the Mexican Auto Racing Federation Hall of Fame in 2010.

Companies and Investments

Fernandez Racing (co-founder)

Lessons Learned

Mental preparation is really just confidence. I have always been a very confident guy and obviously with more experience and winning races increased the confidence that I had. But, I always try to enjoy what I do and it doesn’t matter what result I have. If I do my best, I will be happy and I try to enjoy the moment and not I put too much pressure on myself. Because, think about it. I had great sponsors from Mexico and, at the time, the whole country of Mexico was watching me with all the TV coverage and it was a lot of pressure. I really had to try to enjoy the time because otherwise it would be very difficult.

Inspiring Quotes

Adrian Fernandez's Quotes

For sure there is a place for you in racing within a race team. Obviously, these days marketing is everything. If you don’t sell, you don’t race. It’s very simple.

Adrian Fernandez

Influential Books

Adrian Fernandez - Getting Started with the MSP430 Launchpad