Mosport: de Ferran Motorsports preview

de Ferran Motorsports targets victory number five as American Le Mans Series headlines in Canada Indianapolis, IN, Friday 21 August, 2009: With four outright victories already under its belt from just seven starts, de Ferran Motorsports is the...

de Ferran Motorsports targets victory number five as American Le Mans Series headlines in Canada

Indianapolis, IN, Friday 21 August, 2009: With four outright victories already under its belt from just seven starts, de Ferran Motorsports is the most successful team in this year's prestigious American Le Mans Series. Now drivers Gil de Ferran and Simon Pagenaud are targeting further glory in Canada's biggest sports car race of the year when the ten-round ALMS championship makes its only stop north of the border for the 'Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport' on 27-30 August.

Located within the Greater Toronto Area in Ontario, the challenging Mosport International Raceway road course is the fastest track on the ALMS calendar. Spectacular prototypes such as the pace-setting No.66 XM Radio de Ferran Motorsports Acura ARX-02a will average speeds of close to 140mph as they compete for top honors at the former home of the Canadian Grand Prix.

"Mosport is without doubt one of the most daunting tracks we visit," confirms team owner and driver Gil de Ferran, 41. "It has several incredibly high speed corners and is bumpy as well which always presents some pretty tricky technical challenges for our engineers but I'm confident we can be strong again in Canada. It's also a race that owes us a result - last year we were leading by 20 seconds only for the car to run out of fuel on the final lap... one of the nearest misses of my career," admits the former Indianapolis 500 winner and twice Indy Car champion who has announced that he is to retire from race driving at the end of this season.

With six pole positions, five fastest laps and victories in more than half the races, de Ferran Motorsports has proved to have the quickest car in the championship both during qualifying and in the seven rounds staged to date - results de Ferran's team-mate Simon Pagenaud is keen to add to in Canada.

Although the highly rated 25-year-old Frenchman is keen to maintain de Ferran Motorsports' unique record of starting every one of this year's races from the front row of the grid and to add the team's impressive tally pole positions, he knows the race result is far more important.

"Another pole would be great but, unfortunately, you don't score any championship points in qualifying. It's more important that we keep pushing for a further victory at Mosport - a circuit that certainly isn't for the feint-hearted. To be honest, I struggled there a bit last year but our chassis engineers have sorted out a really good handling balance for fast road courses like this and I'm really looking forward to the challenge."

The two hour 45 minute showdown is scheduled for 3:05pm EDT on Sunday 30 August and will be screened live on Speed TV.

-credit: dfm

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Series ALMS
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Simon Pagenaud