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