CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland Walker Racing Review

Portland Race Review BUDWEISER/G.I. JOE’S 200 PRESENTED BY TEXACO/HAVOLINE Round eight of the 20-races FedEx Championship Series for the PPG Cup GIL DE FERRAN ...

Portland Race Review BUDWEISER/G.I. JOE’S 200 PRESENTED BY TEXACO/HAVOLINE Round eight of the 20-races FedEx Championship Series for the PPG Cup

GIL DE FERRAN # 5 VALVOLINE/CUMMINS - HONDA/REYNARD/GOODYEAR Started 3rd, finished 1st, third in PPG standings - 71 points

MEMO GIDLEY # 15 ALPINE - HONDA/REYNARD/GOODYEAR Started 25th, finished 19th, 1st Race

Derrick Walker- Team Owner: "Special day; One of those days when things work! Our fuel mileage was not what we wanted so we decide to start racing instead of trying to play the two-stop strategy. Pit stops were key! Gaining track position gave us the idea to go. Gil drove a flawless race and our car was good enough to make good use the tires. So much has been said about tires, that I was really glad we were able to give Goodyear something to be proud of. It's been a while since our sponsors had a good result., Thanks Valvoline, Cummins, National Rental Car, Craftsman, NGK, Parametric Technology, Delphi Automotive Systems, Stanley, Knoll, St. Elmo Steak House, and Alpine; we could not have done it without you. Teamwork won the day for us. Thanks Honda, for your patience. Reynard, cheers!

"Memo had a good solid start to his introduction into Champ cars. He did well, good to see another driver move up from the ranks of Atlantic. Ron Catt and guys picked up where we left of in Homestead; team’s working well. Hats off to the whole team!"

De Ferran Wins Portland with Extra Pit Stop

Pit-stop strategy enabled Gil de Ferran to his first win in 1999, as he drove the Valvoline/Cummins Honda-Reynard to victory at Sunday’s Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 at Portland International Raceway. De Ferran started third on the 1.9-mile road course, led 43 of the 98 laps, and finished 4.3 seconds ahead of Juan Montoya. Just two years ago, de Ferran endured a heart-breaking result at Portland, as he came home .027 seconds behind Mark Blundell in the closest finish in Champ Car history. This time, he made it to victory lane by defying conventional strategy and making three pit stops -- one MORE than his top rivals. Fuel mileage and track position are always key factors at Portland. When de Ferran's Valvoline/Cummins crew gave him the lead with a superior second pit stop, team owner Derrick Walker decided to have his driver run a horsepower-producing richer fuel mixture, while others elected to conserve fuel to make it to the finish. De Ferran was able to open up a 29-second lead and thus maintain his advantage despite a third "splash-and-go" fuel stop in the closing laps. "The car was working so well, and the tires were so consistent, that when Derrick gave the order, I felt very confident," said de Ferran, who finished third two weeks ago at the Milwaukee Mile. "Really, I was not thinking about the gap (to Montoya). I was just concentrating as hard as I could to drive to the maximum every lap." Of his final pit visit, Gil said: "For me, it was a tense moment. It was hard for me to know what would happen. When Derrick said, 'Plus seven' (seconds to Montoya) when I left the pits, I said to myself, 'Yeah, baby, it looks good.' " Walker explained: "We knew we were going to have to stop while the others seemed pretty confident they could go to the end. We decided to take a chance. With about 62 laps to go I said, 'Let's go for it.' We calculated we'd need about three seconds (worth) of fuel and that the whole process -- entering the pits, stopping, and getting out -- would take 26 seconds. It was one of those days when, finally, it all worked out." De Ferran admitted special satisfaction as the thousands of test miles he has done as a primary test driver for Goodyear and Honda paid off. "It adds to the joy," he said. "I'm so happy for Derrick and all the team because for the last couple of years everyone has been giving, giving, giving, with nothing in return. Now, we can't get the smiles off our faces." De Ferran jumped from seventh to third in the point standings. His first CART win came in 1995 at Laguna Seca as he clinched Rookie of the Year honors. He was the 1997 PPG Cup runner-up. This was the fourth win for Walker Racing and first since Robby Gordon's victory at Detroit in 1995.

Memo Gidley : " I’m happy with my first race, learning what it takes to go on the front. I still have a lot to learn. Lap 85 I was feeling great, much better than the first lap. I’m confident that Cleveland will be better. I’m feeling much more confortable with the car and getting to know everybody in the team. I’m also happy for Gil, what a great win! Congratulations Gil!

Friday, June 18th, 1999.

Session Times:        Practice        Friday Morning
Pos.        Driver                Car#        Car Config.        Lap Ti        Lap Spd B.Leader
17        Memo Gidley        15        Honda/RI/G        63.642        111.379        4.415
21        Gil de Ferran        5        Honda/RI/G        65.975        107.441        6.748
Session Times:        Qualifying        Friday Afternoon
Pos.        Driver                Car#        Car Config.        Lap Ti        Lap Spd        B.Leader
11        Memo Gidley        15        Honda/RI/G        63.360        111.875        2.966
16        Gil de Ferran        5        Honda/RI/G        71.961        98.503        11.567

Saturday, June 19th, 1999.

Session Times:        Practice        Saturday Morning
Pos.        Driver                Car#        Car Config.        Lap Ti        Lap Spd        B.Leader
12        Gil de Ferran        5        Honda/RI/G        59.388        119.357        1.032
17        Memo Gidley        15        Honda/RI/G        60.745        116.691        2.389
Session Times:        Qualifying        Saturday Afternoon
Pos.        Driver                Car#        Car Config.        Lap Ti        Lap Spd        B.Leader
3        Gil de Ferran        5        Honda/RI/G        58.339        121.504        0.146
25        Memo Gidley        15        Honda/RI/G        59.260        119.615        1.067

Sunday, June 20th, 1999. Session Times: Warm-up Sunday Morning Pos. Driver Car# Car Config. Lap Ti Lap Spd B.Leader 7 Gil de Ferran 5 Honda/RI/G 60.407 117.344 0.507 19 Memo Gidley 15 Honda/RI/G 61.277 115.678 1.377

Session Times:        Race        Sunday Afternoon
Fin.Pos.Driver                Car#        Car Config.  Best Lap        Lap Ti        Lap Spd        
1        Gil de Ferran        5        Honda/RI/G        75        59.969        118.201
19        Memo Gidley        15        Honda/RI/G        43        60.885        116.423

Pit Stops Gil de Ferran Car # 5 Pit Lap Track Status Pos Bfr Pos Aft Pit Times 1 29 Green 3 18 35.394 2 59 Yellow 2 1 34.100 3 90 Green 1 1 26.233 Total for 3 pit stops 95.727

Memo Gidley Car # 15 Pit Lap Track Status Pos Bfr Pos Aft Pit Times 1 32 Green 16 22 37.610 2 69 Green 15 20 55.872 Total for 2 Pit Stops 93.482

Gil de Ferran - 1999 Driver Index Report Race Qualify Start Finish Race Pts 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 Milwaukee - Wisconsin 16th 16TH 3RD 14 50 7TH Portland - Oregon 3rd 3RD 1ST 21 71 3RD

Memo Gidley ( Rookie) - 1999 Driver Index Report ( 1st Race) Race Qualify Start Finish Race Pts Total Rank Portland - Oregon 25th 25th 19th 0 0 31st

1999 Cart Point Leaders: 1. Juan Montoya 90 2. Dario Franchitti 85 3. Gil de Ferran 71

What’s next: June 25-27 Cleveland Race; ESPN live coverage of the race, 2:30-4:30 pm Eastern. June 29-30 Mid-Ohio Test (Memo Gidley) June 29-30 Michigan Test (Gil de Ferran

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series IndyCar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Gil de Ferran , Memo Gidley , Dario Franchitti