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Fernandez Wins Firehawk in Japan

April 10, 1999

MOTEGI, Japan (AP) _ Adrian Fernandez, running low on fuel, got a break and won the Firehawk 500 after CART points leader Greg Moore spun with two laps remaining Saturday.

Fernandez, who did not think he could have made it to the end, had second-place Moore not spun to bring out a fuel-preserving caution flag, won the race for the second year in a row.

He needed a tow to the winner’s circle because his Reynard-Ford ran dry on the cooldown lap.

Moore, who won the season-opening race last month in Homestead, Fla., was in hot pursuit of Fernandez when he spun exiting the fourth turn on the 1.549-mile Twin Ring Motegi oval. Moore and the other contenders had stopped for fuel when Max Papis spun on pit road with five laps remaining.

Fernandez, the only one of the top cars to remain on the track, wound up with his fourth career victory.

Polesitter Gil deFerran finished second, followed by Christian Fittipaldi and Moore, who retained the FedEx Championship Series points lead.

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