Mid-Ohio: de Ferran Motorsports qualifying report

DE FERRAN STREAKS TO MID OHIO POLE Lexington, OH, Friday, August 7, 2009 -- Gil de Ferran took his team, de Ferran Motorsports to a poignant fifth pole position in six rounds at the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid Ohio in a nail-biting twenty...

DE FERRAN STREAKS TO MID OHIO POLE

Lexington, OH, Friday, August 7, 2009 -- Gil de Ferran took his team, de Ferran Motorsports to a poignant fifth pole position in six rounds at the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid Ohio in a nail-biting twenty minute qualifying session. Minutes after scoring the pole time, de Ferran announced his intentions to retire from the cockpit to concentrate on running his young team.

The Miami-based Brazilian team owner delighted the Acura 'home' crowd at the challenging Mid Ohio Sports Car Course to take the pole by just under seven hundredths of a second putting the de Ferran Motorsports duo of Gil and young French star, Simon Pagenaud in prime position for tomorrow's race and on course for a fifth straight American Le Mans Series win in the No.66 XM Radio de Ferran Motorsports Acura ARX-02a .

"The track is very special to me for a number of reasons," said a delighted de Ferran, "so to get the pole today was fantastic. It wasn't easy we had quite a hard time out there which actually made it even more satisfying."

"We had a solid strategy going into qualifying, he continued, "and the plan was to wait a bit and then go out, get the tires up to temperature and put down a quick lap. However when I first went out, the car had a huge vibration which was so bad that I could barely see the braking zone. On top of that, my radio wasn't working, so I couldn't even communicate with the team. I came straight into the pits to make sure nothing was severely wrong, unfortunately there was nothing they could do and the vibration continued. At that point I had to deal with it and do best I could. I must say that performance-wise, the car was great and my hats off to the engineers, who, together with the Acura engineers are really doing a fantastic job -- they are just improving the car more and more.

"The track continues to change rapidly as the weekend goes on, so you have to keep adjusting each lap. I must say I've always enjoyed qualifying. I think it is one of the purest things in motorsport. I'm having a lot of fun and it feels good to be on pole today."

Tomorrow's two hour 45 minute Acura Sports Car Challenge is the sixth round of the 2009 American Le Mans Series.

-credit: dfm

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Series ALMS
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Simon Pagenaud