CHAMPCAR/CART: de Ferran, Herta Fast at Cleveland

Rapid On The Runways Gil de Ferran (Valvoline/Cummins Special Reynard Honda) and Bryan Herta (Shell Reynard Ford) have been among the more successful FedEx Championship Series competitors at Burke Lakefront Airport in recent years. De Ferran ...

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Gil de Ferran (Valvoline/Cummins Special Reynard Honda) and Bryan Herta (Shell Reynard Ford) have been among the more successful FedEx Championship Series competitors at Burke Lakefront Airport in recent years. De Ferran recorded his first career FedEx Championship Series pole position at Cleveland in his rookie season of 1995, then earned his second and most recent CART career victory there in '96. He has led a race-high number of laps at Cleveland in each of his three years in the series, including 67 in 1995, 34 in '96 and 49 last year.

"The reason I like Cleveland is it's a road track that gives you an extra degree of freedom," de Ferran said. "It gives you more room to maneuver. It gives you freedom to do different things, explore new limits, because it's got a lot of runoff [area] and because it's so wide. I enjoy that a lot." Herta has scored two of his six CART career podium finishes at Cleveland, including second in 1995 and third last year. He qualified third in '95 and '96.

"It's strange how coming to Cleveland gets us going in the right direction," said Herta, who has used his Cleveland performance as a springboard to strong second-half showings in each of the past two seasons. "It seems to be the place where we always find our groove. I'm going to have to talk to CART and [race promoter] IMG about scheduling this race earlier in the season."

Source: CART Online

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Bryan Herta