CHAMPCAR/CART: Gil de Ferran on Rockingham win

Gil de Ferran Marlboro Team Penske ...

Gil de Ferran
Marlboro Team Penske
#1 2001 Marlboro Honda Reynard

"First of all, I'd like to say that we're still racing under a bit of a cloud after last weeks events in the United States - my wife and kids are still there - and of course Alex (Zanardi) is still very much in our thoughts. But I guess we all have to keep moving on. As far as I'm concerned I'm glad we were able to race today to try and bring back some sort of normalcy to our lives. When I saw the blue sky this morning I thought - it's now or never - let's go racing.

"My engineer (Tom German) did a great job on setting up the car with the limited practice time. We were a bit lost on our set-up in Germany but we spent a lot of time thinking about it and the car has been hooked-up all weekend

"At the start of the race I got a good run on Kenny (Brack) between turns 1 and 2 and was able to pass him for the lead. Toward the end of my first stint, the car started to get really loose. But we were able to make some adjustments to improve it for the next segment of the race. Roger (Penske) called a brilliant strategy when he brought me in for the second stop and my guys did a fantastic job in getting me back out ahead of Kenny.

"In the final laps I was trying to hold Kenny back but I was coming up on traffic. I thought I was getting by Max (Papis) but he shut the door on me and I understeered off and Kenny shot by me. At this point, I thought this isn't over yet. Then Kenny was in traffic and I got a good run on him coming off of turn 2 and into 3. We went side-by-side through turn 4 and I had the better line so I was able to make it past him.

"It was really a great race and I enjoyed going wheel-to-wheel with Kenny at the end. This has been a very emotional weekend for me because I have a strong attachment to the U.K. My wife is British and my daughter was born here. I lived and raced here for seven years, so in many ways, this is really where my professional and personal life started. Its very special for me to win the inaugural race in England."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran
Teams Team Penske