DE FERRAN ON FAMILIAR TURF AT MID OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE Lexington, OH. (15 July, 2008) -- Former Indy 500 winner and two-time CART champion Gil de Ferran heads to familiar territory for the first time in his brief American Le Mans Series...
DE FERRAN ON FAMILIAR TURF AT MID OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE
Lexington, OH. (15 July, 2008) -- Former Indy 500 winner and two-time CART champion Gil de Ferran heads to familiar territory for the first time in his brief American Le Mans Series career this weekend when the series visits the Mid Ohio Sports Car Course.
de Ferran and team-mate Simon Pagenaud have completed their first two ALMS events aboard the Acura ARX-01b at Miller Motorsports Park and Lime Rock Park - two circuits that neither racer had competed at previously.
While Pagenaud faces another debut this weekend, de Ferran has a strong pedigree at the famous Lexington circuit - having twice scored the pole and finished second during the final two years of his CART career(2000 and 2001). The Panasonic-supported LMP2 squad will be looking to bounce back this Saturday following a troubled lowly finish during the previous round at Lime Rock Park, after qualifying on the front row for the second consecutive race.
GIL DE FERRAN
"Mid Ohio is a track I have raced a lot on during my previous life as a professional IndyCar driver and its a place where I have been very competitive. I really enjoy Mid Ohio and I am looking forward to getting re-acquainted with the track and it's very knowledgeable and enthusiastic fans!
"We had the opportunity to test there last month and I got to experience the new track surface, which has changed quite a lot since 2001, the last time I was there.
"We had an excellent test where we evaluated many developments brought on by Acura and also worked on finding a good set up for this weekend. In addition, our team has shown very good speed to date, all of which bodes well for the weekend, now we have to turn that speed into good race results."
"I had a Champ Car test at Mid Ohio last year and ran our Panasonic Acura here back before the Le Mans 24 Hour, but this weekend will be another race debut for me.
"I really like the circuit. It has lots of quick sections, plus a good combination of varying elevation and different types of corners as well.
"You really have to be on it to get a perfect lap. Traffic will certainly be easier than Lime Rock here, but there still isn't a lot of room to pass. However, all the guys in the GT cars have been doing a great job out there.
"From the test, I think we will be quite competitive here, but I think you will still need a perfectly set-up car if you want to win."