CHAMPCAR/CART: De Ferran Tests New Wing Design

Courtesy CART Online CART Online (February 26, 1998) -- Walker Racing driver Gil de Ferran (Valvoline/Cummins Special Reynard Honda), runnerup in the 1997 PPG Cup competition, conducted a CART test of an experimental rear wing on ...

Courtesy CART Online CART Online (February 26, 1998) -- Walker Racing driver Gil de Ferran (Valvoline/Cummins Special Reynard Honda), runnerup in the 1997 PPG Cup competition, conducted a CART test of an experimental rear wing on Monday, Feb. 16 at California Speedway. The high-drag, low-downforce wing, a brainchild of CART's rules committee, is designed to help reduce speeds at FedEx Championship Series superspeedway events. It was conceived after Gugelmin recorded the fastest qualifying lap in auto racing history (240.942 mph) at Fontana last year. De Ferran's best lap of 214 mph with the wing was roughly 14 mph slower than his lap speed of 228 mph with the car in superspeedway trim. The wing, developed at Swift Engineering by Newman/Haas Racing's Mark Hanford and built by Reynard, is designed at a steep upward angle, with a flat underside including a 90-degree lip and plates at both ends. "This [wing design] is a cooperative effort by the engineers representing the various chassis manufacturers," said team owner Derrick Walker. "This is a positive sign of what we're doing in CART." J. Kirk Russell, CART vice president of competition, said more testing is planned, with an eye toward having a speed-reduction policy in place by the time of the first FedEx Championship Series superspeedway event, the July 26 U.S. 500 Presented by Toyota at Michigan Speedway. "We're generally pleased with the results of last Monday's test, and we will continue to look at this device and similar devices to prepare for our two superspeedway events," Russell said. "Our evaluation process will include wind tunnel simulation and track testing, as weather conditions and team availability permit." Courtesy CART Online - http://www.cart.com

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran