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GIL DE FERRAN # 5 VALVOLINE/CUMMINS - HONDA/REYNARD/GOODYEAR

RACE WEEKEND REVIEW: GATEWAY

Started 15th , DNF (25th), seventh in PPG standings - 36 points.

What: Motorola 300 Round six of the 20-races FedEx Championship Series for the PPG Cup.

Thursday, May 27th, 1999

Session Times:  Practice Thursday  Morning
Car     Driver          Time      Speed        Rank   B.Leader
# 5     Gil de Ferran   25.496    179.322      5th    0.275
Session Times:  Practice Thursday  Afternoon
Car     Driver          Time      Speed        Rank   B.Leader
# 5     Gil de Ferran   25.562    178.859      9th    0.409

Gil was fifth fastest in the morning session and ninth fastest following the afternoon session.

Gil de Ferran: " Actually, I'm very happy. We spent the entire afternoon doing a long run (62 laps), then scuffed two sets of tires right at the end. The consistency and speed were good, the car kept getting quicker and quicker as the session went on, and we never really went for time.

Friday , May 28th, 1999

Session Times:  Practice Friday  Morning
Car     Driver          Time      Speed        Rank   B.Leader
# 5     Gil de Ferran   25.430    179.788      13th   0.330
Session Times:  Friday  Qualifying
Car     Driver          Time      Speed        Rank   B.Leader
# 5     Gil de Ferran   25.533    179.062      15th   0.519

Gil de Ferran: "It was kind of a tough run, really. The car bottomed out on the bump in turn three on the first lap and skidded up the track. I lost time there, then took it a bit too easy in there on the second lap."

Saturday, May 29th, 1999

Session Times:  Saturday Warm-up
Car     Driver          Time      Speed        Rank   B.Leader
# 5     Gil de Ferran   26.891    170.020      19th   0.765
Session Times:  Saturday Race
Car     Driver          Started      Finished             # of Laps
# 5     Gil de Ferran   15th         DNF - pit incident      36
Race Pit Stop:     Lap      Course Flag     Position     Before/After
1st                Lap 36     Yellow                       15th/25th

NOTE: Dave Stephens, a member of Gil de Ferran's pit crew had a rough day on the job. Dave was run over by the left rear wheel when he struggled to disconnect the air jack . He sustained a concussion and was conscious when he was air-lifted to Saint Louis University Hospital in St. Louis for precautionary X-rays and CAT scan. After evaluation and four stitches on his right elbow, Dave was released.

Gil de Ferran: " Waiting for quote"

Derrick Walker: Team owner: " St Louis Race was a big disappointment so say the least ! An accident in the pits cost us racing past the first stop . Dave Stephens our airjack/vent man, was run over by the left rear wheel when he struggled to disconnect the air jack. The good news is other than four stitches in his elbow, he was fine and was released from the St. Louis University Hospital later. We will double check again what cased the problem and look at how we should make changes so it never happens again. Other than Friday's practice we had the car working well, the Goodyear tires were a big improvement, sorry we did not get an opportunity to show it.."

Gil de Ferran - 1999 Driver Index Report

Race                    Qualify Start   Finish  Race Points Total   Rank
Miami - Homestead         NQ     25th    6th        8         8     6th
Motegi - Japan            1st    1st     2nd        1+16      25    3rd
Long Beach - California   7th    7th     6th        8         33    2nd
Nazareth - Pennsylvania   13th   13th    15th       0         33    7th
Rio - Brazil              4th    4th     10th       3         36    7th
Madison - Illinois        15th   15th    DNF        0         36    7th

What's next:

June 1-2                        Elkhart Lake Test
June 4-6                        Milwaukee Race
June 8-10                       Sebring Test
June 18-20                      Portland Race

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